Edward Heath

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The Right Honourable
Sir Edward Heath
KG MBE
Heath in his Salisbury home, 1987
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
19 June 1970 – 4 March 1974
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Harold Wilson
Succeeded by Harold Wilson
Leader of the Opposition
In office
4 March 1974 – 11 February 1975
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Harold Wilson
Succeeded by Margaret Thatcher
In office
28 July 1965 – 19 June 1970
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Succeeded by Harold Wilson
Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development, and President of the Board of Trade
In office
20 October 1963 – 16 October 1964
Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded by Fred Erroll
Succeeded by Douglas Jay
Minister of Labour
In office
14 October 1959 – 27 July 1960
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Iain MacLeod
Succeeded by John Hare
Lord Privy Seal
In office
14 February 1960 – 18 October 1963
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Quintin Hogg
Succeeded by Selwyn Lloyd
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
7 April 1955 – 14 June 1959
Prime Minister Anthony Eden
Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Patrick Buchan-Hepburn
Succeeded by Martin Redmayne
Father of the House
In office
9 April 1992 – 7 June 2001
Prime Minister John Major
Tony Blair
Preceded by Bernard Braine
Succeeded by Tam Dalyell
Member of Parliament
for Bexley
In office
23 February 1950 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Ashley Bramall
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Member of Parliament
for Sidcup
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Member of Parliament
for Old Bexley and Sidcup
In office
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Derek Conway
Personal details
Born Edward Richard George Heath
9 July 1916(1916-07-09)
Broadstairs, Kent
United Kingdom
Died 17 July 2005(2005-07-17) (aged 89)
Salisbury, Wiltshire
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Profession Journalist/ civil servant
Religion Anglican
Military service
Service/branch British Army
Royal Artillery
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Order of the British Empire (Military).jpg Member of the Order of the British Empire
1939-45 Star.jpg 1939–45 Star
War Medal 1939–1945 (UK) ribbon.png War Medal 1939–1945
France and Germany Star BAR.svg France and Germany Star

Sir Edward Richard George "Ted" Heath, KG, MBE, PC (9 July 1916 – 17 July 2005) was a British Conservative politician.[1] He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 until 1974.[1] Heaath was also the leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 until 1975.

Heath was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.[1] He died of pneumonia.

Heath was a lifelong bachelor which means that he never married. He was also a classical organist and conductor.

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