Edward Heath is a former Conservative prime minister of Great Britain from June 1970 to March 1974. One of his major achievements was Britain's entry into the European Economic Community (EEC). In 1950 he was elected to Parliament as a Conservative. He became an assistant conservative whip in 1951, chief whip in 1955, minister of labour in 1959, and lord privy seal with Foreign Office responsibilities in 1960. He was president of the Board of Trade in 1963-64. In July 1965 he succeeded Sir Alec Douglas-Home as leader of the Conservative party, which was then out of office. Heath led the Conservatives to victory in the general election of June 1970.
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