My history hero: Jacob Rees-Mogg chooses Benjamin Disraeli

“Benjamin Disraeli was a flamboyant, enormously engaging romantic with a way with words, who was also very good at the showmanship side of politics”: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP, chooses a 19th-century prime minister

Politician and novelist Benjamin Disraeli was twice prime minister, and extended suffrage by introducing the 1867 Reform Act. (Photo by Jabez Hughes/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the Christmas 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Benjamin Disraeli, born into a Jewish family but brought up a Christian, was elected as a Tory MP in 1837. He was the architect of the 1867 Reform Act, which enfranchised urban male workers, and was prime minister twice (1868, 1874–80) during which time he promoted the empire and introduced social reforms at home. He also wrote several novels.

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