Mr. Iain Macleod, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, died at his official residence tonight (Monday)?
Mr. Iain Macleod, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, died at his official residence tonight (Monday) soon after leaving hospital following an appendicitis operation.
Mr. Macleod had been admitted to hospital soon after making a major parliamentary speech outlining the new Conservative Government's economic policy. It was his first major speech as Chancellor since the Conservatives were elected to power in last month's General Election.
He entered Parliament in 1970 and joined the Conservative Government two years later as Minister of Health. A brilliant orator, he made his mark in several Government posts during the Conservative tenure of office, his most notable achievement being his work during two years as Colonial Secretary.
During that time he organised independence for Britain's major African colonies with a total population of 45 million people. He won the support of African nationalist leaders in implementing the Government's "Wind of Change" policy against the criticism of European settlers in East and Central Africa.
His death, from a heart attack, will be a serious blow to the new Conservative Government, co-inciding with the dock strike which threatens to unbalance the national economy.