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Gordon Reid

Olof Palme
Portrait of Gordon Reid

Prime Minister of Scotland
1975-1978

Predecessor: Iain McNair
Successor: Kenneth Munro

Prime Minister of Scotland
1970-1973

Predecessor: James Bell
Successor: Iain McNair

Leader of the Labour Party
1970-1979

Predecessor: James Bell
Successor: Andrew Fraser

Minister of Education
1967-1970

Predecessor: TBD
Successor: TBD
Born: April 3, 1925
Died: November 20, 1996
Spouse: Jaqui Reid
Political Party: Labour Party
Profession: Politician

Gordon Reid (April 3, 1925 - November 20, 1996) was a Scottish Labour politician who served as Prime Minister of Scotland from 1970 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1978, as well as Leader of the Labour Party from 1970 to 1979.

First elected in 1953, Reid entered cabinet in 1963 as Attorney General (1963-1965), later serving as Minister of Health (1965-1967) and Minister for Education (1967-1970).

During his first term as Prime Minister he enacted sweeping social reforms, including the legalisation of abortion and homosexuality, as well as ending censorship and enacting the Charter of Rights.

His second term as Prime Minister was overshadowed by economic stagnation, high inflation and a series of contraversial budgets.

Following his government's defeat at the 1978 general election he announced his intention to resign as Labour Party leader, standing down the following year. He retired from parliament in 1981, but remained politically active until 1988, when a series of strokes followed by the onset of parkinsons disease forced him to withdraw completely from public life.

Early Life

Gordon Reid was born on April 3, 1925

Early Political Career

Party Leader

First Premiership 1970-1973

Opposition 1973-1975

Second Premiership 1975-1978

Later Life

Legacy

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