Edward Heath

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The Right Honourable Sir
Edward Heath
KG MBE
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
19 June 1970 – 8 June 1978
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byBilly Blyton
Succeeded byPeter Shore
Leader of the Opposition
In office
8 June 1978 – 25 July 1978
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterPeter Shore
Preceded byPeter Shore
Succeeded byFrancis Urquhart
In office
4 November 1966 – 19 June 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterBilly Blyton
Preceded bySelwyn Lloyd
Succeeded byBilly Blyton
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
4 November 1966 – 25 July 1978
Preceded bySelwyn Lloyd
Succeeded byFrancis Urquhart
Ministerial offices
President of the Board of Trade
In office
20 October 1963 – 15 October 1964
Prime MinisterSelwyn Lloyd
Preceded byFred Erroll
Succeeded byDouglas Jay
Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development
In office
20 October 1963 – 16 October 1964
Prime MinisterSelwyn Lloyd
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPosition abolished
  • Lord Privy Seal
  • Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
  • Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
14 February 1960 – 15 October 1963
Prime MinisterSelwyn Lloyd
Preceded byThe Viscount Hailsham
Succeeded byHarold MacMillan
Minister of Labour
In office
14 October 1959 – 27 July 1960
Prime MinisterSelwyn Lloyd
Preceded byIain Macleod
Succeeded byJohn Hare
  • Chief Whip of the House of Commons
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
2 May 1956 – 14 June 1959
Prime MinisterSelwyn LLoyd
Preceded byHerbert Bowden
Succeeded byMartin Redmayne
Shadow Cabinet offices
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
15 October 1964 – 4 November 1966
LeaderSelwyn Lloyd
Preceded byPatrick Gordon Walker
Succeeded byIain Macleod
Parliamentary offices
Father of the House of Commons
In office
9 April 1992 – 8 May 2000
Speaker
  • Betty Boothroyd
  • Michael Martin
Preceded byBernard Braine
Succeeded byTam Dalyell
Member of Parliament
for Old Bexley and Sidcup
In office
5 May 1983 – 8 May 2000
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byDerek Conway
Member of Parliament
for Sidcup
In office
28 February 1974 – 5 May 1983
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Bexley
In office
23 February 1950 – 8 February 1974
Preceded byAshley Bramall
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born
Edward Richard George Heath

(1916-07-09)9 July 1916
Broadstairs, Kent, England
Died17 July 2005(2005-07-17) (aged 89)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Resting placeSalisbury Cathedral
Political partyConservative
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Occupation
  • Civil servant
  • musician
  • politician
  • yachtsman
Military career
Service/branch British Army
Rank   Lieutenant Colonel
Service number179215
Unit
  • Royal Artillery
  • Honourable Artillery Co.
Awards
  • Order of the British Empire
  • Mentioned in dispatches

Sir Edward Richard George Heath KG MBE (9 July 1916 – 17 July 2005), often known as Ted Heath, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 19748 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1966 to 1978. Heath also served for 50 years as a Member of Parliament from 1950 to 2000. Outside politics, Heath was a yachtsman, a musician, and an author.