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DiedJuly 17, 2005, Salisbury, United Kingdom
MarkSmile with teeth visible
FactIs one of three former Prime Ministers to have declined a peerage, which would have given him a seat in the House of Lords. The other two were Sir Winston Churchill and Sir John Major .


Sir Edward Richard George “Ted” Heath, KG, MBE, PC, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Bexley in 1950 and served as Minister of Labour in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government from 1959 to 1960. In 1965, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party after the retirement of Sir Winston Churchill. As Leader of the Opposition, Heath led the Conservative Party to victory in the 1970 general election.

Heath’s time as Prime Minister was marked by economic crisis and internal division. He faced a miners’ strike in 1972 and the 1973 oil crisis caused inflation to spiral out of control, leading to the imposition of wage and price controls. To combat the crisis, Heath pursued a policy of industrial relations reform and nationalisation of some industries. He also oversaw the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.

Heath was defeated in the 1974 general election after calling a snap election in an attempt to gain a mandate for his policies. He resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party and was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher. Heath remained an MP until 2001, when he retired from frontline politics.

Heath was born in Broadstairs, Kent on 9 July 1916, the second son of William George Heath, a carpenter and builder, and Edith Anne (née Sargent), a hairdresser. He was educated at Chatham House Grammar School in Ramsgate, and then at Balliol College, Oxford. Heath became active in student politics while at Oxford, serving as President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He also became a member of the Oxford Union debating society.

Heath’s career began in the Second World War, when he served in the Royal Artillery and then as an officer in the Intelligence Corps. He saw action in North Africa, Italy, and Greece, and was awarded the Military Cross for his service. After the war, Heath worked as a management consultant for British American Tobacco before being elected MP for Bexley in 1950.

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Heath served as Minister of Labour in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government from 1959 to 1960, and was responsible for introducing the National Insurance scheme. He also served as Chief Whip from 1960 to 1963. In 1965, he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party after the retirement of Sir Winston Churchill.

As Leader of the Opposition, Heath led the Conservative Party to victory in the 1970 general election. He then formed a minority government with the support of the Liberal Party. Heath’s time as Prime Minister was marked by economic crisis and internal division. He faced a miners’ strike in 1972 and the 1973 oil crisis caused inflation to spiral out of control, leading to the imposition of wage and price controls. To combat the crisis, Heath pursued a policy of industrial relations reform and nationalisation of some industries. He also oversaw the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.

Heath was defeated in the 1974 general election after calling a snap election in an attempt to gain a mandate for his policies. He resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party and was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher. Heath remained an MP until 2001, when he retired from frontline politics.

Heath died on 17 July 2005 at the age of 89.

General Info

Full NameEdward Heath
DiedJuly 17, 2005, Salisbury, United Kingdom
ProfessionPolitician, Journalist, Organist
EducationChatham House Grammar School, University of Oxford, Balliol College
NationalityBritish

Family

ParentsWilliam George Heath, Edith Anne Heath
SiblingsJohn Heath

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Marks

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1Smile with teeth visible

Quotes

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1I was always terrified about what my father was going to say to the press. When they asked him what he thought of the permissive society he said he wished to God it had been invented sixty years ago!
2If politicians lived on praise and thanks they'd be forced into some other line of business.
3Popularity isn't everything.
4I am not a product of privilege, I am a product of opportunity.
5I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so.

Facts

#Fact
1He never married or had children.
2A dedicated One Nation Tory and pro-European, he became increasingly critical of the more right wing direction the Conservatives took under the leadership of his successor Margaret Thatcher . He declined the offer to serve in her cabinet and this long period of disquiet earned him the nickname "The Incredible Sulk". He admitted that when he heard of her resignation as Prime Minister his reaction was to cry "Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice".
3Suffered a pulmonary embolism in August 2003. After that he was frail and confined to a wheelchair, but remained active until four months before his death.
4Is one of three former Prime Ministers to have declined a peerage, which would have given him a seat in the House of Lords. The other two were Sir Winston Churchill and Sir John Major .
5He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1946 King George V's Honours List for his services during World War II and awarded a Knight of the Order of the Garter in the 1992 Queen's Honours List for his services to public service and government.
6Attended Balliol College, Oxford, of which he became an Honorary Fellow in 1969.
7Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, 1970-1974.
8Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, 1983-2001 (Bexley, 1950-1974; Bexley, Sidcup, 1974-1983).
9Admitted to the Privy Council in 1955.

Movies

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
With Gilbert & George2008DocumentaryHimself
The Queen at 802006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Frost2001-2004TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Comedy2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sunday Programme1995-2000TV SeriesHimself
Question Time1984-1999TV SeriesHimself
HARDtalk1999TV SeriesHimself
A Very Singular Man: A Film Portrait of Edward Heath1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Election 971997TV MovieHimself - Former Prime Minister (as Sir Edward Heath)
A Progress Through Politics1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Prime Minister, 1970-1974 (as Sir Edward Heath)
A Week in Politics1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Dimbleby1995TV SeriesHimself
Walden1990-1994TV SeriesHimself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1991TV SeriesHimself
This Week1963-1991TV SeriesHimself
The Dame Edna Experience1989TV SeriesHimself
Weekend World1974-1987TV SeriesHimself
Election 19871987TV MovieHimself - Conservative
World in Action1974-1985TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast Time1984TV SeriesHimself
Election 831983TV MovieHimself
TV Eye1983TV SeriesHimself
Panorama1963-1982TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Prime Minister
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1981TV SeriesHimself
Decision 791979TV MovieHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Anneliese Rothenberger gibt sich die Ehre1977TV SeriesHimself
Piano Party1976TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1975TV SeriesHimself
The Referendum Result1975TV Movie
A Question of Europe1975TV MovieHimself - For the Motion (as Rt. Hon. Jeremy Thorpe M.P.)
Midweek1975TV SeriesHimself
Election 741974/IITV MovieHimself (as Rt. Hon. Edward Heath)
Election 741974/ITV MovieHimself (as Rt. Hon. Edward Heath)
Right to Work March1972ShortHimself (voice)
Omnibus1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Election 701970TV MovieHimself
The Frost Programme1967TV SeriesHimself
ABC Close-Up!1962TV Series documentaryHimself
Wonderful Town, U.S.A.1951TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Denis Healey: The Best Prime Minister Labour Never Had?2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Panorama2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Channel 4 News2015TV SeriesHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Prime Minister of United Kingdom
Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 70s2012TV Series documentaryHimself
White Heat2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Frost on Interviews2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heath vs Wilson: The 10 Year Duel2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Special Relationship2010TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Great Offices of State2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Prime Minister 1970-74
The Queen: A Life in Film2008Video documentaryHimself
The Making of the Iron Lady2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (1996) (as Sir Edward Heath)
Thatcher2008Video documentaryHimself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Comedy Connections2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Tory! Tory! Tory!2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
How We Fell for Europe2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Former Conservative Prime Minister
25 Years of Question Time2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Deal2003TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops: The True Story2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Odd Man Out: A Film Portrait of Enoch Powell1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Opposition Leader, 1965-1970
Match of the Seventies1995TV SeriesRt. Hon. Edward Heath, MP
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985-1994TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Prime Minister
China Rising: The Epic History of 20th Century China1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Pandora's Box1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself
Desert Storm: The War Begins1991TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Ted Heath)
McKenzie's Lore1987TV Movie documentary
Horizon1983TV Series documentaryHimself
The Benny Hill Show1971TV SeriesHimself
This Week1970TV SeriesHimself
The Jokers1967Himself (uncredited)

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