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date: 22 May 2024

Major, Sir John (b. Carshalton, Surrey, 29 Mar. 1943) UK Foreign Secretary 1989, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1989–90, Prime Minister 1990–7 

Source:
A Dictionary of Contemporary World History
Author(s):

Christopher Riches,

Jan Palmowski

Although John Major's two immediate predecessors as *Conservative Party leader had also come from modest backgrounds, they had at least attended university. Major, the son of a trapeze artist, did not shine at his local grammar school and he left at 16. After some experience of unemployment he worked for a bank. While in Nigeria he had a serious accident which left him with a limp.... ...

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