Harold Wilson (1916-1995)

Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson was a Labour politician, born in Huddersfield in 1916. He was educated there, in Cheshire and at Oxford. He became a lecturer in economics at Oxford in 1937.

He entered parliament as MP for Ormskirk in 1945, later representing the Huyton constituency. In the post-war Labour government Harold Wilson became the youngest cabinet minister since William Pitt in the 18th century.

In 1963 he succeeded Hugh Gaitskell as leader of the Labour Party. He became prime minister in 1964 with a precariously small majority, and was re-elected in 1966 with a more comfortable majority. His party lost power in 1970 but Wilson became prime minister again in 1974 after winning the election in that year.

He resigned as party leader and prime minister in 1976, and was made a life peer in 1983.

Soon after resigning, he attempted to forge a new career as a TV chat show host. This was not a success.

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