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Remember When? July 1965.

HE WAS an unlikely party leader, let alone Prime Minister.

But on this day in 1965 Edward Heath beat his rivals to take leadership of the Conservatives following the resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

Reginald Maudling and Enoch Powell were challengers.

Heath - a bachelor, keen sailor and musician - became PM in 1970 and took Britain into the European Economic Community.

He lost power in February 1974 and was replaced by Margaret Thatcher a year later. He died two years ago.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 27, 2007
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