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Harold Wilson

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Harold Wilson, 1916-1995

Profession: Statesman and Labour Party politician; twice Prime Minister  

About his life:
  • Studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford. He later became an Economic History lecturer and a research fellow
  • Elected to Parliament in 1945, appointed to the Attlee government as a Parliamentary Secretary
  • Led Labour to a narrow victory at the 1964 election. As prime minister oversaw a period of low unemployment and relative economic prosperity
  • Presided over significant societal changes, abolishing capital punishment, partially decriminalising male homosexuality, relaxing the divorce laws, and liberalising birth control and abortion law

Harold Wilson
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