"Why is Ted Heath such a dog-in-the-manger?"

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Edward Heath are joined by U.S. President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon during the Nixons' visit to the United Kingdom
Public DomainQueen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister Edward Heath are joined by U.S. President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon during the Nixons' visit to the United Kingdom - Credit: White House photo by Ollie Atkins
Sir Edward Richard George ‘Ted’ Heath (1916-2005) led the British Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. He served as Prime Minister from 1970 until 1974 and was an MP from 1950 to 2001.

It was Heath who took the UK into the EU, and Heath who introduced the contentious Industrial Relations Act. The Act evoked outrage from trades unions and led to a miner’s strike in 1973.

Because of the strike, Heath was forced to implement a three-day working week in order to save electricity. Unable to secure a coalition government in the hung parliament that resulted from the February 1974 general election, Heath conceded power to the minority Labour party under Harold Wilson.