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Harold Wilson

Wilson, Harold (1916–95), prime minister of Great Britain (1964–70, 1974–76). An Oxford economist, he entered Parliament in 1945, became president of the Board of Trade in 1947, and became leader of the Labour Party in 1963. Identified initially with the left wing and known for his tactical skill, he preserved party unity during a period of economic crisis and division over the Common Market. He resigned in 1976 and was knighted that same year. He was named a baron in 1983.

See also: United Kingdom.

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