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Harold Wilson 1974

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