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Geoffrey Howe

Personal data
Date of birth20 December 1926(age 90)
Place of birthPort Talbot, Wales
Political partyConservative
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office24 July 1989 - 1 November 1990
Prime ministerMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byMichael Heseltine
Preceded byThe Viscount Whitelaw
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office24 July 1989 - 1 November 1990
Prime ministerMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byJohn MacGregor
Preceded byJohn Wakeham
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office11 June 1983 - 24 July 1989
Prime ministerMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byJohn Major
Preceded byFrancis Pym
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office4 May 1979 - 11 June 1983
Prime ministerMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byNigel Lawson
Preceded byDenis Healey
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office11 February 1975 - 4 May 1979
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byDenis Healey
Preceded byRobert Carr
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office23 June 1970 - 5 November 1972
Prime ministerEdward Heath
Succeeded bySir Michael Havers
Preceded bySir Arthur Irvine
In office28 February 1974 - 9 April 1992
Succeeded byPeter Ainsworth
Preceded byWilliam Clark
In office18 June 1970 - 28 February 1974
Succeeded byGeorge Gardiner
Preceded byJohn Vaughan-Morgan

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Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH, QC, PC (born 20 December 1926) is a former British Conservative politician. He was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, and finally Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister. His resignation on 1 November 1990 is widely considered to have precipitated Thatcher's own downfall three weeks later.


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