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Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home

(1903—1995) prime minister

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Douglas-Home, Sir Alec

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He entered Parliament in 1931, and served as private secretary (1937–39) to Neville Chamberlain. He joined

Edward Heath

Edward Heath  

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Enoch Powell

Enoch Powell  

(b. Birmingham, 15 June 1912; d. London, 8 Feb. 1998)British; Minister of Health 1960–3 Powell's parents were teachers in Birmingham. He was educated at King Edward School, Birmingham, and Trinity ...
Harold Macmillan

Harold Macmillan  

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Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson  

(1916–1995)British politician and Labour prime minister (1964–70; 1974–76), noted for his tactical skills in maintaining positive government with a very small majority. He was knighted in 1976 and ...
Isaac Butt

Isaac Butt  

(1813–79).Founder of the Home Rule movement. At the outset, Butt was a vigorous defender of Orange Toryism. Increasingly, however, his unionism and his commitment to property right were tinctured ...
Liberal Party

Liberal Party  

Before 1868 the Liberal Party had been an uneasy coalition of Whigs and radicals. The broadening of the suffrage in the boroughs in the Reform Act of 1867 strengthened the radicals and the Gladstone ...
Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson  

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(b. London, 11 Mar. 1932)British; Chancellor of the Exchequer 1983–89; Baron (life peer) 1992 Educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took a first in PPE, Lawson had a ...
R. A. (‘Rab’) Butler

R. A. (‘Rab’) Butler  

(b. 9 Dec. 1902, d. 8 Mar. 1982).British Chancellor of the Exchequer 1951–5 Born in Attock (Punjab, India) and educated at Cambridge, he was elected to parliament in 1929 as a Conservative. In 1932, ...
secretary of state

secretary of state  

In Britain, the head of any of the more important government departments. In the United States, the head of the State Department, which deals with foreign policy.
Selwyn Lloyd

Selwyn Lloyd  

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(b. West Kirby, Wirral, 28 July 1904; d. Preston Crowmarsh, Oxfordshire, 17 May 1978)British; Foreign Secretary 1955–60, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1960–3, Speaker of the House of Commons 1971–6; ...
15th earl of Derby, Edward Stanley

15th earl of Derby, Edward Stanley  

(1826–93).Educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge, and an MP from 1848, Stanley was closer to Disraeli than was his own father in the 1850s, and a more centrist ...

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