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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1963: Sir Alec Douglas-Home succeeded Harold Macmillan as prime minister.
1963: Sir Alec Douglas-Home (pictured) succeeded Harold Macmillan as prime minister.
During her reign, Her Majesty has given regular audiences to 12 Prime Ministers - Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
He stood against Conservative Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home and his campaign slogan was Death To The Tories.
It is now more than 50 years since Sir Alec Douglas-Home rejected Harold Wilson's request for a TV debate in 1964, while more recently, John Major rejected a similar request from Neil Kinnock in 1992 as did Tony Blair when so entreated by William Hague in 2001.
Those same commentators thought the Conservatives lost the election almost 12 months earlier when Harold Macmillan resigned, succeeded as Prime Minister by another Old Etonian who was practically Scottish royalty, the 14th Earl of Home until he ditched the title to take office and become Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
THE nephew of a former Tory Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home shot himself dead after worries about work.
To give them their credit, they did their best: It is 50 years since Sir Alec Douglas-Home was their prime minister, since when no British PM has had a U in either their first name or surname.
Representatives from more than 90 countries attended the state funeral and requiem mass including Prince Philip, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Wilson for Britain, Ireland's President de Valera, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and France's President de Gaulle.
Fifty years ago, the then Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan resigned and imposed Sir Alec Douglas-Home on the people as his successor.
Author and journalist Jamie Douglas-Home, nephew of former prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, writes that the grandstand has "as much atmosphere as a Glasgow railway station on a rainy day" and that the paddock is "so featureless it made the moon's Sea of Tranquility look interesting".
It had been passed down through the Douglas family to Sir Alec Douglas-Home of the Hirsel, the former Prime Minister.