Douglas Hurd

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Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, (born 8 March 1930) is a British Conservative Party politician who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1979 to 1995.A career diplomat and political secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath, Hurd first entered Parliament in February 1974 as MP for the Mid Oxfordshire constituency (Witney from 1983). His first government post was as Minister for Europe from 1979 to 1983 (being that office's inaugural holder) and he served in several Cabinet roles from 1984 onwards, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984–85), Home Secretary (1985–89) and Foreign Secretary (1989–95). He stood unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party leadership in 1990, and retired from frontline politics during a Cabinet reshuffle in 1995.In 1997, Hurd was elevated to the House of Lords and is one of the Conservative Party's most senior elder statesmen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Douglas Hurd has received more than 496,077 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Douglas Hurd is the 15,648th most popular politician (down from 13,670th in 2019), the 4,582nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 4,260th in 2019) and the 566th most popular Politician.

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Among politicians, Douglas Hurd ranks 15,648 out of 15,577Before him are Fabián Alarcón, Kinga Göncz, Marc Garneau, Reem Frainah, Prince Ali bin Hussein, and Anand Satyanand. After him are Atlanersa, Ulf Kristersson, Nelson Demarco, Bruno Le Maire, Pablo Iglesias Turrión, and Iter-pisha.

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Among people born in 1930, Douglas Hurd ranks 476Before him are Jiří Skobla, Elaine Stewart, Kjell Espmark, Georg Stollenwerk, Wojciech Zabłocki, and Armando Segato. After him are Conn Findlay, Jim Loscutoff, Norman Johnson, José Jiménez Lozano, Louis Meznarie, and Heather Harper.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Douglas Hurd ranks 4,582 out of 7,765Before him are Neil Innes (1944), David Platt (1966), Teddy Sinclair (1986), Dennis Taylor (1949), Lily Allen (1985), and John Castle (1940). After him are Bernard Pyne Grenfell (1869), Archibald Geikie (1835), Richard Briers (1934), Anthony Newley (1931), Anne V. Coates (1925), and William Yarrell (1784).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Douglas Hurd ranks 566Before him are James Oglethorpe (1696), David Owen (1938), Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon (1831), Algernon Sidney (1623), Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge (1785), and Anna of East Anglia (null). After him are Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland (1421), Reginald McKenna (1863), Princess Claire of Belgium (1974), Abraham Beame (1906), Samuel Plimsoll (1824), and Neil Kinnock (1942).