"Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of Great Britain"

Labour leader James Harold Wilson (1916-1995) was Prime Minister on two occasions – from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976.

Harold Wilson, UK Labour leader, at a meeting with US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara
Public DomainHarold Wilson, UK Labour leader, at a meeting with US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara - Credit: PHC HAROLD WISE

During both terms, economic instability plagued the public and provided suitable challenges for Wilson and his plans for government.

The first time around, Wilson made notable changes to divorce laws as well as those regarding homosexuality, immigration and abortion. He also abolished capital punishment.

He wanted to do so much more but, on the whole, his dreams remained largely unfulfilled owing to the economic climate in which he had to work.