Britain's greatest leader: who gets your vote?

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Britain's greatest leader

Whether in sport, politics, charity, or war, MSN News is looking for Britain's greatest leader.

From Princess Diana to Tony Blair, Henry V to Lord Nelson, Margaret Thatcher to Winston Churchill - who deserved the title of Britain's greatest leader?

Vote for your choice in the poll below:

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Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997

Married to the Prince of Wales, she was next in line to become Queen before her acrimonious divorce

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Tony Blair, 1953 -

Despite his stance on the Iraq war proving unpopular, Blair undoubtedly made some positive changes - not least the introduction of the Minimum Wage and the legalisation of same-sex civil partnerships.

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Bobby Moore, 1941-1993

In 1966, Bobby Moore captained England to their first (and so far only) World Cup victory at Wembley.

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Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones, 1940 - 1982

As Commander of 2 Para, the Parachute Regiment during the Falklands WarJones led his men into battle at Goose Green on May 27th 1982. He was killed leading an attack on an Argentine machine gun post near Darwin and was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery.

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Arthur Scargill, 1938 -

A British politician and trade unionist, Scragill led the miners through the 1984/5 strikes. He later launched the Socialist Labour Party of which he is leader.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 1926-

Britain's current queen, Elizabeth this year celebrated her 60th year on the throne

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Margaret Thatcher, 1925-

The 'Iron Lady' was Britain's first (and still only) female Prime Minister, leading the nation from 1979 to 1990.

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Captain Robert Falcon Scott, 1868 - 1912

Captain Scott was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led the second expedition to ever reach the South Pole. His team were narrowly beaten to the Pole by Norweigan explorers. Tragically the team of four all perished on the return journey.

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Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1887 - 1976

Best known as successful general in World War Two, Montgomery led the British army to victory the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942.

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Clement Atlee, 1883-1967

Atlee led a Labour government between 1945 and 1951

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Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

Conservative Prime Minister for two spells in the 20th century

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Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858-1928

Following the death of her husband in 1898, Pankhurst became a women's rights activist and led the suffragist movement to get women the vote.

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Queen Victoria, 1819-1901

The longest reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria gave her name to an age in which Britain underwent enormously important change.

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The Duke of Wellington 1769 - 1852

The Duke of Wellington, (Arthur Wellesley), twice served as British Prime Minister and led his country victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

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William Wilberforce 1759 - 1833

A highly religious Member of Parliament, Wilberforce was a social reformer very influential in the abolition of the slave trade.

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Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, 1758 - 1805

After joining the Royal Navy at the age of 12, Nelson led Britain to countless victories, including most notably the Battle of Trafalgar.


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Oliver Cromwell, 1599 – 1658

An English soldier and statesman, Cromwell helped make England a republic, leading an army to end the 1642 civil war and later ruling as lord protector.

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Sir Francis Drake c.1540-c.1596

Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in the 16th century.

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Henry V (portrayed by Kenneth Branagh) c.1387 - 1422

Henry V was one of the great warrior kings of medieval England. He was a skilled fighter, famous for his victory against the French at the Battle of Agincourt.

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Robert the Bruce, 1274 - 1329

Known as King of the Scot, he waged war against the English and everntually secured Scotland's independence from England.

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Richard I 1157-1199

Known as the 'lion heart', King Richard I was famous for his exploits in the third crusade.

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Thomas Becket (portrayed by Richard Burton) c.1120 - 1170

Becket, named Archbishop of Canterbury in 1161, was executed in 1170 and knighted 1173 for leading the Church in standing up to the monarch King Henry II.

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Alfred the Great, 849 AD – 899 AD

King of the Anglo-Saxon region of Wessex, Alfred is famous for leading numerous military successes against the Danes between 871 and 899.

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Boudicca, died c 60 A.D.

Queen of the Iceni people of Eastern England, Boudicca led a famous uprising against occupying Roman forces in the 1st century AD