The Political Framework 1959-1964

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Harold Macmillan, Conservative (1957-1963)
He studied at Eton and Oxford, and by 1958, 7 out of 9 members of his cabinet were related to him. He had a conservative Edwardian image. His contribution to affluence in Britain gave him the nickname 'Supermac'
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Hugh Gaitskell, Labour leader
Winchester/Oxford educated academic from an upper middle-class background who served in Attlee's government as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Ran against Macmillan in the 1959 general election.
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Anthony Eden, Conservative (1955-1957)
Eton educated academic. He authorised the British invasion of Suez in 1956 abd was forced to resign through ill health, a constant problem for him.
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Alec Douglas-Home, Conservative (1963-1964)
Eton educated academic, who had the title Lord, who inherited 2,800 acres of land. He was foreign secretary under Macmillan from 1960-1963. Chosen by Macmillan, he was described as 'an old Etonian cricket-loving laird'.
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The Establishment
The small but powerful group that governed Britain. They all came from the same class and background, including education at public schools such as Oxford and Eton. They supported one another through the 'old school tie' network.
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John Profumo, Conservative Secretary State for War (1960-1963)
The Profumo affair brought his political career to an end. He had an affair with prostitute Christine Keeler, who was also having an affair with Russian spy Ivanov.
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Winchester/Oxford educated academic from an upper middle-class background who served in Attlee's government as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Ran against Macmillan in the 1959 general election.

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Hugh Gaitskell, Labour leader

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Eton educated academic. He authorised the British invasion of Suez in 1956 abd was forced to resign through ill health, a constant problem for him.

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Eton educated academic, who had the title Lord, who inherited 2,800 acres of land. He was foreign secretary under Macmillan from 1960-1963. Chosen by Macmillan, he was described as 'an old Etonian cricket-loving laird'.

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The small but powerful group that governed Britain. They all came from the same class and background, including education at public schools such as Oxford and Eton. They supported one another through the 'old school tie' network.

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