Alec Douglas-Home (1903–95) was a British Conservative politician who
served as Prime Minister from October 1963 to October 1964. His
reputation rests more on the two periods when he served as the UK
foreign minister than on his brief, uneventful premiership. As
parliamentary aide to Neville Chamberlain, he witnessed Chamberlain's
efforts to preserve peace before the Second World War. In 1951 he
inherited the earldom of Home and became a member of the House of Lords.
Under Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan he was
appointed to posts including Leader of the House of Lords and Foreign
Secretary. In October 1963 Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister. Home
was controversially chosen to succeed him, renouncing his earldom and
winning election to the House of Commons. He was criticised by the
Labour Party as an out-of-touch aristocrat, and he came over stiffly in
television interviews. After narrow defeat in the 1964 general election
he resigned as party leader; he later served under Edward Heath as
Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. After the
defeat of the Heath government in 1974 he retired from front-line
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