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Labour Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970, and also, from 1974 to 1976, Wilson won four general elections, and is the most recent British Prime Minister to have served non-consecutive terms.
First entering Parliament in 1945, Wilson was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and rose quickly through the Ministerial ranks, becoming Secretary for Overseas Trade in 1947 and appointed to the Cabinet just months later, as President of the Board of Trade.
Later, in the Labour Shadow Cabinet, he served first as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1955 to 1961, and then as Shadow Foreign Secretary from 1961 to 1963. He narrowly won the 1964 election, going on to win a much increased majority in a snap 1966 election. His first period as PM coincided with low unemployment and relative economic prosperity, and, in 1969, he sent British troops into Northern Ireland.
After losing the 1970 general election to Edward Heath, he spent four years as Leader of the opposition before the Feb 1974 general election which resulted in a hung parliament. After Heath’s talks with the Liberals broke down, Wilson then returned to power as leader of a minority government until there was a second general election in the autumn, which resulted in a narrow Labour victory. A period of economic crisis was now beginning to effect Western countries, and in 1976, Wilson suddenly announced his resignation as Prime Minister.
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