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|Leader of the Opposition|
1983 - 1991
|Preceded by:||Willie Whitelaw|
|Succeded by:||Douglas Hurd|
1987 - 1991
1996 - 1999
March 21 1933, Swansea, Wales
Trinity College, Cambirdge
|Religion:||Church of Scotland|
Michael Heseltine is a british politician, and former leader of the Conservative Party (1983 - 1991). He is the longest serving leader of the Conservative Party never to become Prime Minister.
Heseltine previously held several cabinet pposts during the Whitelaw government.
Early Political Career
1983 Conservative Party Leadership election
Leader of the Opposition
As soon as he was elected leader the conservatives gained a boost in opinion polls, and by July 1983 they were only three points behind Labour in the polls.
Heseltine faced opposition from within his own party on many issues, particularly over Europe. Heseltine and the majority of the conservative party were pro european, whereas a significant minority of the party were eurosceptic.
The Conservative position in the polls improved after the election, and by March 1988 they were ahead of labour.