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Tuesday, 4 February 1997, 12:00AM

‘The Somersaulting Modernisier’: Edward Heath, 1970-74

Professor the Lord Hennessy

His plan for a new style of government and its implementation; his handling of his European priority and the crises on the Northern Ireland and the economic/industrial fronts; the constitutionality of his conduct in the aftermath of the first 1974 general election.

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Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and was recently elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Before joining the Department in 1992, he was a journalist for twenty years with spells on The Times as a leader writer and Whitehall Correspondent, The Financial Times as its Lobby Correspondent at Westminster and The Economist. He was a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme from 1987 to 1992. In 1986 he was a co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History. Professor Hennessey was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric between 1994 and 1997.

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