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Iain Macleod

Iain Macleod (1913 - 1970) was a British Conservative politician.

He represented the parlimentary constituency of Enfield, West[?], and served as a minister in the Conservative Governments of the 1950s being responsible at different times for transport and for decolonisation.

When Harold Macmillan acted to block the succession of Richard Austen Butler[?] as his successor as party leader and prime minister, Macleod (along with Enoch Powell) refused to serve under Alec Douglas-Home.

He was at one time editor of The Spectator, and the coinage of the word stagflation is attributed to him.

Shortly before his death he had been appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer by Prime Minister Edward Heath. He left beind him an outline budget which most observers found surprisingly hard line in its propsals for control of public spending and tax reform.

Many conservative politicians of generations following Macleod recalled him as an inspirational speaker, and John Major specifically cited his example on taking office.



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