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Harold Wilson 1974

The strain of office shows in Wilson's face in his third and final term as Prime Minister.
The strain of office shows in Wilson's face in his third and final term as Prime Minister.
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Labour Government
4 March 1974 - 4 May 1979

The first of two elections in 1974 failed to secure a majority for any one party but Labour took power under Harold Wilson. A further election was called in October of that year when Labour achieved a majority of three seats. Wilson's government faced international recession. A referendum in 1975 about Britain remaining in the Eorpean Economic Community (EEC) prevented an internal split within the Labour party.

Cabinet members
Position Name Dates
Prime Minister H. Wilson 4 Mar 74 - 5 Apr 76
Lord President E. Short 5 Mar 76 - 8 Apr 76
  M. Foot 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79 
Lord Chancellor Lord Elwyn-Jones 5 Mar 74 - 4 May 79
Lord Privy Seal Lord Shepherd 7 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76
  Lord Peart 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Chancellor of the Exchequer D. Healey 5 Mar 74 - 4 May 79
Chief Secretary to the Treasury J. Barnett 21 Feb 77 - 4 May 79
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs J. Callaghan 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76
  A. Crossland 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretary of State for Home Affairs R. Jenkins 5 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76
  M. Rees 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries F. Peart 5 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76
  J. Silkin 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Minister for Defence R. Mason 5 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76 
  F. Mulley 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretarty of State for Education and Science R. Prentice 5 Mar 74 - 10 Jun 75
  F. Mulley 10 Jun 75 - 10 Sep 76 
  S. Williams 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Minister for Employment M. Foot 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76 
  A. Booth 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretary of State for Energy E. Varley 5 Mar 74 - 10 Jun 75
  A. Benn 10 Jun 75 - 4 May 79 
Minister for the Environment A. Crossland 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76
  P. Shore 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79
Minister for Planning and Local Government J. Silkin 18 Oct 74 - 5 Apr 76
Secretary of State for Health and Social Security B. Castle 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76
  D. Ennals 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretary of State for Industry A. Benn 5 Mar 74 - 10 Jun 75 
  E. Varley 10 Jun 75 - 5 Apr 76
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster H. Lever 5 Mar 74 - 5 Apr 76
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland M. Rees 5 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76
  R. Mason 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Minister for Overseas Development R. Prentice 10 Jun 75 - 21 Dec 76
Minister for Prices and Consumer Protection S. Williams 5 Mar 74 - 10 Sep 76
  R. Hattersley 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretary of State for Scotland W. Ross 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76
  B. Millan 8 Apr 76 - 4 May 79 
Secretary of State for Trade P. Shore 5 Mar 74 - 8 Apr 76
  E. Dell 8 Apr 76 - 11 Nov 78 
  J. Smith 11 Nov 78 - 4 May 79 
Minister for Transport W. Rodgers 10 Sep 76 - 4 May 79
Secretary of State for Wales J. Morris 5 Mar 74 - 4 Mar 74 
Chief Whip R. Mellish 26 Jul 74 - 8 Apr 76