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    What happens if the Party Leader is not elected as an MP yet his/her party has a Majority. Does he/she still becomes PM or do they choose someone else?
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    I believe they can still become PM, though general practice would be to hand over leadership to your deputy, or have elections for a new leader
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    I believe this happened to the Earl of Home in 1963 - appointed as PM but was in the Lords, so he renounced his peerage and stood in a by-election and won. He was still PM in that period.

    Nowadays however I believe the office would be passed to someone in the Commons.
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    (Original post by gladders)
    I believe this happened to the Earl of Home in 1963 - appointed as PM but was in the Lords, so he renounced his peerage and stood in a by-election and won. He was still PM in that period.

    Nowadays however I believe the office would be passed to someone in the Commons.
    I would point out it is perfectly legal for any minister, including the prime minister, to be in the Lords, rather than the Commons. They're still a parliamentarian, which is what matters. Even now some ministers are lords, although not currently any high profile ones.

    Douglas-Home renounced his earldom because the electorate wouldn't have taken kindly to it otherwise (in fact, they didn't even so) which is also why it would be practically impossible to have a lord as PM these days.
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    You are correct, Rinsed. Strictly speaking anybody in the world could be appointed PM by the Queen, but practically if they want to survive longer than a week, they have to have a seat in the Commons.
 
 
 
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