I have heard that an alternative title of "First Lord of the Treasury" should be used rather that "Prime Minister". Is there a difference and do they have specific legal meaning?

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    I edited the question a bit to make it more clear. It was flagged as unclear and this seems to have the same gist of what you were looking for but with a focus on the difference between the two titles. – JJJ Sep 24 '19 at 20:32
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    Historically there was no official office called "Prime Minister", it was a traditional title held by the leader of the government but conferred no Parliamentary or governmental power whatsoever - the PM also traditionally holds the office of First Lord of the Treasury and that office confers powers by which the government and Parliament have to abide. In recent years however, legislation has has had the effect of normalising the office of PM by mentioning it directly, bringing it into official existence. Writing this as a comment because it will need references, which I cant do right now. – Moo Sep 24 '19 at 21:25

The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer in the United Kingdom, and is by convention also the Prime Minister.


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