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Jeremy Thorpe

John Jeremy Thorpe was born on 29 April 1929, the youngest child of a leading lawyer and former Conservative MP, Sir John Henry Thorpe. His maternal grandfather, Sir John Norton-Griffiths, had also been a Conservative...

Edward Heath

1 9 1 6 - 2 0 0 5 Edward Richard George Heath was born at Broadstairs, Kent, in 1916 and was educated at Chatham House Grammar School, Ramsgate, and Balliol College, Oxford. At university, he was active...

Joh Bjelke-Petersen

1 9 1 1 - 2 0 0 5 Johannes ("Joh") Bjelke-Petersen was an Australian right-wing politician, leader of the Queensland National Party (QNP) and premier of Queensland between 1968 and 1987. Bjelke-Petersen was born in New...

Bill Hayden

William George Hayden was born in Ipswich, Queensland, the son of an Irish-American sailor. He was educated at Brisbane State High School and served in the Queensland Police Force from 1953 to 1961. He furthered his...

David Ben-Gurion

1 8 8 6 - 1 9 7 3 Israeli statesman and socialist politician. He was one of the founders of the state of Israel and the country's first prime minister (1948–53) - and again from...

Arthur Scargill

Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Arthur Scargill became a miner on leaving school and was soon a trade union and political activist in the Young Communist League (1955 to 1962), and then in the Labour...

Bobby Kennedy

1 9 2 5 - 1 9 6 8 Younger brother and close associate of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy trained as a lawyer, and entered politics as a legal advisor for Senate committees, where he liaised...

Robert Muldoon

1 9 2 1 - 1 9 9 2 New Zealand National Party right-of-centre politician and NZ prime minister from 1975 to 1984. Nicknamed "''Piggy'' Muldoon" by his detractors, he pursued austere economic policies such as a...

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