British politician Herbert Henry (also known as H.H.) Asquith (1852-1928), a reform-minded member of the Liberal Party, served in the British House of Commons for three decades and was prime minister from 1908 to 1916, leading Britain during the first years of World War I (1914-18). As prime minister he introduced significant reforms including pensions and social insurance, which were financed by the so-called People’s Budget of 1909. Asquith also successfully reduced the power of the Conservative-controlled House of Lords, whose members traditionally inherited their seats, through the Parliament Act of 1911, leading to the growing democratization of the British system. Although not remembered as a great statesman or war leader, Asquith’s contribution to the democratization of the British system was a notable achievement.