Sir Edward Heath, KG, MBE - Balliol College

Prime Minister from June 1970 to Feb 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975, Heath was born in Kent and served in WWII. He was first elected to Parliament in 1950 for Bexley, and was the Chief Whip from 1955 to 1959. Entering the Cabinet as Minister of Labour in 1959, he was later promoted to Lord Privy Seal and then became President of the Board of Trade.

In 1965, Heath won the Leadership of the Conservative Party, then the 1966 election Months later saw Harold Wilson win a large victory, although Heath remained leader. Heath became Prime Minister after winning the 1970 election. Heath took the UK into the European Economic Community in 1973. His premiership also oversaw the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland, two miner’s strikes, with the latter resulting in the implementation of the Three-Day Week to conserve energy.

Heath called an election for Feb 1974, resulting in a hung parliament, in which the Tories had the most votes but Labour had more seats. Following a failed attempt to establish a coalition government with the Liberal Party, Heath was forced to resign in favour of Harold Wilson, whose minority government won a small majority in a second election in October that year.

Heath continued as leader of his party until Feb 1975, when Margaret Thatcher challenged and defeated Heath to win the leadership. Returning to the backbenches, Heath became an active critic of Thatcher’s policies as leader and, from 1979, as Prime Minister. He remained a backbench MP until retiring in 2001.

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