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How far did Heath change the conservative party?
In July 1965, Edward Heath became the first democratically elected leader of the Conservative
party, and came from humble origins. Many people viewed Heath as the first leader not to have
been part of the establishment because of his grammar school education rather than being
educated at the classic Eton or Harrow.
The Selsdon Man conservative converence was where Heath stated the aims of the Conservatives'
economic aims. It was a more drastic move to right wing economics. The policy move meant that
there was to be a return to free enterprise and hard work, and a touch approach to trade unions
and less government control over the industry. People raised doubts about this move asking
whether or not this was an end to consensus politics? And was this a move towards abandoning
social care?
So when Heath came to power in 1970, with a majority of 30 seats, he immediately set to work
filing a new application to the EEC. This was finally accepted, and marked the first major change
that heath made in government. However, with this change was also the "Barber Boom" which
caused artificial economic growth (named after the Chancellor of the Exchequer ­ Anthony
Barber. It could be argued however that this change was not really a lasting one, because of the
division within the labour party even today, about whether we should be part of the EEC.
The Industrial Relations Act was another endeavour of Heath's. The act was intended to limit
union power, by forcing discussions before the strikes could take place. This was the first piece
of legislation that was brought against the unions, and they did not like it. There was an uproar
between union leaders and the government about who should be able to control what. However,
it was soon apparent that there was a legal loophole that meant the unions didn't have to sign the
register. This effectively scrapped the Act because the government couldn't limit the union's
power without their signatures. Later on in 1972, Heath reversed his policies, and subsidised the
Upper Clyde ship-building company, as well as introducing price and wage controls. In terms of
economic change to the party, he didn't really change much, because he U-turned on his party's
policies and agendas. It meant that no change was really made, and in actual fact, he made more of
a move towards the left than to the right (which was first proposed in his Selsdon man
Immigration was starting to come to the forefront of major political issues just as heath came to
power, and after Enoch Powell made his "Rivers of Blood" speech ­ which criticised
commonwealth immigration - in 1968, Heath immediately sacked him. Heath was very much took
the view that anyone, who wanted access to the United Kingdom from any parts of the

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However, what soon arose was the "Ugandan Asian
crisis." India had closed its doors to those trying who were trying to leave Kenya from India. It
caused the 'Kenya Asian crisis'. This was followed in 1971 by a more dangerous crisis in Uganda. In
1971, 50,000 Ugandan Asians were harshly expelled from the country by the military dictator, Idi
Amin. The urgency of the situation prompted the British government to relax controls, allowing
entry to 27,000 of the 50,000 refugees.…read more


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