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Rt. Hon.

Rt. Hon. is an abbreviation of the Right Honourable, the style by which members of the British Privy Council are addressed. Among the holders of the style 'Rt. Hon' are

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair;
  • Former British prime ministers Sir Edward Heath, Lord Callaghan[?], Baroness Thatcher and John Major.
  • All members of the current British Labour cabinet;
  • All surviving members of past cabinets;
  • Politicians of senior level (eg, Minister, Minister of State) beneath cabinet rank;
  • Senior politicians who have held government rank of senior levels beneath cabinet rank in all past ministries;
  • Leaders of recognised political parties (ie, parties who have a total number of MPs of sufficient level to warrant parliamentary time). Among recognised parties are The Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, and the Ulster Unionists[?].
  • Senior peers and churchmen.

Membership of the Privy Council enables an individual to receive priority treatment in House of Commons and House of Lords debates. It also enables a person to receive confidential briefings on matters of major importance.

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