Main People in Modenr British Government

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MAIN PEOPLE IN MODERN BRITISH GOVERNMENT
EDEN
Key role in Second World War, Churchill's foreign secretary.
Prime Minister 1995
Forced to resign 1957 after Suez crisis ( Egypt at war with UK)
BUTLER
`Best prime minister the conservatives never had'
Architect of 1944 Education Act
Chancellor from 19511955
MACMILLAN
MP for Stockton on Tees
Churchill's liaison officer during second world war.
Foreign secretary for Eden government.
New conservative Prime Minister after Eden's resignation in 1957.
GAITSKELL
Chancellor in Clement Attlee's government in 1951.
Introduced prescription charged to fund Korean War, lead to resignation of Bevan.
Conflict between Gaitskelites and Bevanites proved serious problems for Labour.
Sudden Death in 1963.
BEVAN
Minister of health in Atlee's government.
Architect of NHS
Hated by conservatives (`lower than vermin' 1948 speech)
Political enemy of Gaitskell
COUSINS
Leader of TGWU in 1956
1958 led an unsuccessful bus strike against Macmillan's government.
Opposed Gaitskell's leadership of the Labour movement, specifically over nuclear weapons.

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MAUDLING
Liberal Conservative
Chancellor of exchequer under Macmillan and DouglasHome.
Possible Party leader.
Only candidate Wilson was afraid of.
Home Secretary 19701972
DOUGLASHOME
Scottish aristocrat
Reluctant to run for conservative leadership and had to be persuaded.
Almost lead conservatives to victory in 1964 election.
CROSLAND
Leading social democratic thinker in Labour Party.
Supported Comprehensive Schooling.
Became education secretary after labour won 1964 election
MACLEOD
`One nation tory'
Minister of health under Eden.
Key member of Macmillan's cabinet.…read more

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BROWN
Deputy Leader of Labour Party from 19601970
Strong support from trade unions.
Drink problem and clashed with cabinet members.
Proeurope
Resigned after row with Wilson in 1968
CALLAGHAN
Wilson appointed him Chancellor in 1964.
Served as foreign secretary and home secretary.
Helped Wilson succeed as Prime Minister in 1976
THATCHER
MP for Fincley in 1959
Gained first cabinet post in 1970 as education secretary in Heath government.…read more

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FOOT
Left Wing
Admirer of Bevan
Supported CND and opposed Britain joining the EEC.
Became leader of the labour party in 1980 after labours defeat by Thatcher.
NEAVE
Was hero famous for escaping from the high security POW camp at Colditz castle in 1942
On right wing conservative party
Margaret Thatcher's campaign manager in her leadership bid in 1975
Murdered by IRA in 1979
HESTLETINE
Millionaire who became a leading conservative politician in the 1980's.
Known as Tarzan because of his long hair.…read more

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Minister of Wilsons cabinet.
Passionately against Britain being in EEC.
SCARGILL
Leader of Yorkshire miners
Played a big part in the successful strikes of 1972 and 1974.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Elected pope in 1979
Visit to Poland in 1980 drew enormous crowds and strengthened demands for reform from
Poland.
GORBACHEV
Tried to reform Soviet Communism
Leader of USSR IN 1985
Willing to end the cold war and let the soviet state go their own way.…read more

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Bill Scott

Useful resource, just a few spelling errors and words missing. I believe there's a few more main people in modern British History that you've left out. 

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