John Major dropped out of school at the age of 15 due to his family’s financial difficulties. When he was 16 years old, he joined the Young Conservatives. Major was an outlier in politics and the Conservative party since he did not attend an elite private school (also called the Tory party).
Nevertheless, he worked his way up to become Margaret Thatcher’s successor as prime minister of Great Britain in November 1990. Tony Blair became prime minister after the Labour party took control of the legislature in May 1997, ending his tenure as leader.
Major served as a parliamentarian until 2001. In 2005, he was knighted and given the title Sir John Major. His wife, Norma Major, and they have a son and a daughter together.