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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A Winston Churchill B James Callaghan C Alec Douglas-Home D Edward Heath
1963: Sir Alec Douglas-Home succeeded Harold |Macmillan as prime minister.
Lawyers for Home - son of former Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home - say it's part of his country estate and an adjoining estate owned by the Carmichael family.
According to the poll, he beat only Alec Douglas-Home and Anthony Eden in the voting.
Lord Home, son of former Tory prime minister Alec Douglas-Home, has done a deal with Scottish Coal allowing them to mine on his Castlemains estate - including Mainshill Wood - for a substantial fee.
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.
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Britain was more used to the sombre tones of Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Bill Clinton had a similar gift for presentation while many were swept up by the youthful enthusiasm of Tony Blair on this side of the pond.
LONDON: Left-wing students nearly kidnapped the then British prime minister Alec Douglas-Home after a massive security lapse, according to private papers made public for the first time yesterday.
Mitchell describes the domestic industrial policy of the British Conservative Party from 1945 to 1964, through the administrations of Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home. Though initially a response to the admitted inefficiency of British industry, he says, it eventually encompassed the overlapping realms of economic regeneration after World War II, foreign policy, and social improvement.