Alec Douglas-Home

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Douglas-Home, Alec

 

Born July 2, 1903, in London. British statesman. Descended from an aristocratic Scottish family.

Douglas-Home received his education at Eton and Oxford. In 1931 he was elected to the House of Commons as a member of the Conservative Party. From 1937 to 1939 he served as parliamentary private secretary to Prime Minister N. Chamberlain. In 1938 he took part in the Conference of Munich, which concluded with the signing of the Munich Pact of 1938, after which he accompanied Chamberlain on a trip to Rome for negotiations with Mussolini. In 1951, after inheriting the title of earl of Home, he entered the House of Lords.

Douglas-Home held a number of important ministerial posts in the governments of Churchill and Macmillan. From 1955 to 1960 he was commonwealth relations secretary, and from 1960 to 1963, foreign secretary. From 1957 to 1960 he was also the leader of the House of Lords. From 1963 to 1965, Douglas-Home was the leader of the Conservative Party, and in 1963-64 he was prime minister. Upon accepting the latter post, he renounced his title of lord and was elected again to the House of Commons. From 1970 to 1974 he was foreign secretary and commonwealth relations secretary in the government of E. Heath.

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WHO would take over from Sir Alec Douglas Home, right, as leader of the Conservative party?
Indian Prime <BMinister Mrs Indira Gandhi seen here being greeted by Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas Home at the start of a five day visit to the United Kingdom in October 1971.
They see Royal Families, members of Government and Parliament, company directors, property speculators etc awarding themselves salary increases far in excess of their own gross annual income, while at the same time people like Sir Alec Douglas Home with their inherited landed estates and considerable unearned income have the temerity to accuse the workers of being selfish and greedy.
It recalls the blunder by Alec Douglas Home, the Tory PM in the early 60s, who revealed he used a box of matches to help work out economic problems.
The last bald Premier was Alec Douglas Home 44 years ago who, interestingly, was another Old Etonian.
After all, Anthony Eden lasted less than two years in the post, and Alec Douglas Home not even this long.
He confessed how he was ``ashamed'' to have carried out the 1964 attack on Sir Alec Douglas Home in North Wales.
However only the Falkland Islands among Britain's remaining territories showed any willingness to accept significant numbers of new immigrants and Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas Home noted on December 13 that, given such a lukewarm response, there was little chance of the plan succeeding.
1995 - Death of former PM Sir Alec Douglas Home, aged 92.
Much has been made of the fact that for the first time since Alec Douglas Home, an Etonian now resides in Number Ten Downing Street, and that he lacks the "common touch".
Eden, Heath, Sir Alec Douglas Home and Major spring to mind.