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Harold Wilson 1964

Harold Wilson acknowledges the crowd outside Downing Street after his 1964 election victory.
Harold Wilson acknowledges the crowd outside Downing Street after his 1964 election victory.
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Labour Government
16 October 1964-31 March 1966

The October 1964 election returned Labour to power under Harold Wilson. Despite a majority of only four seats, the new government was initially popular, successfully projecting an image of embracing technological and social progress.

Cabinet members
Position Name Dates
Prime Minister H. Wilson 16 Oct 64 - 19 Jun 70
First Secretary of State G. Brown 16 Oct 64 - 11 Aug 66
Lord President H. Bowden 16 Oct 64 - 11 Aug 66
Lord Chancellor Lord Gardiner 16 Oct 64 - 19 Jun 70
Lord Privy Seal Earl of Longford 18 Oct 64 - 23 Dec 65
  Sir F. Soskice 23 Dec 65 - 6 Apr 66 
Chancellor of the Exchequer J. Callaghan 16 Oct 64 - 30 Nov 67
Minister for Economic Affairs G. Brown 16 Oct 64 - 11 Aug 66
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs P. Gordon Walker 16 Oct 64 - 22 Jan 65
  M. Stewart 22 Jan 65 - 11 Aug 66
Secretary of State for Home Affairs Sir F. Soskice 18 Oct 64 - 23 Dec 65
  R. Jenkins 23 Dec 65 - 30 Nov 67 
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries F. Peart 18 Oct 64 - 6 Apr 68
Secretary of State for the Colonies A. Greenwood 18 Oct 64 - 23 Dec 65
  Earl of Longford 23 Dec 65 - 6 Apr 66 
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations A. Bottomley 18 Oct 64 - 11 Aug 66 
Minister for Defence D. Healey 16 Oct 64 - 19 Jun 70 
Secretarty of State for Education and Science M. Stewart 18 Oct 64 - 22 Jan 65 
nbsp; A. Crosland 22 Jan 65 - 29 Aug 67 
Minister for Housing and Local Government R. Crossman 18 Oct 64 - 11 Aug 66
Minister of Labour R. Gunter 18 Oct 64 - 6 Apr 68
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster D. Houghton 18 Oct 64 - 6 Apr 66
Minister for Overseas Development B. Castle 18 Oct 64 - 23 Dec 65 
  A Greenwood 23 Dec 65 - 11 Aug 66 
Minister of State Sir E. Boyle 1 Apr 64 - 16 Oct 64
Minister of Health A. Barber 20 Oct 63 - 16 Oct 64
Minister without Portfolio D. Houghton 6 Apr 66 - 7 Jan 67 
Minister for Power F. Lee 18 Oct 64 - 6 Apr 66
Secretary of State for Scotland W. Ross 18 Oct 64 - 19 Jun 70
Minister for Technology F. Cousins 18 Oct 64 - 4 Jul 66
Paymaster-General J. Boyd-Carpenter 18 Oct 63 - 18 Oct 64
President of the Board of Trade D. Jay 18 Oct 64 - 29 Aug 67
Minister for Transport T. Fraser 18 Oct 64 - 6 Apr 68
  B. Castle 23 Dec 65 - 6 Apr 68