Douglas Hurd

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Andrew Osmond (satirist) Douglas Richard Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, (born 8 March 1930) is a British Conservative politician who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1979 to 1995.A career diplomat and Private 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 416,318 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Douglas Hurd is the 13,695th most popular politician (down from 12,773rd in 2019), the 4,269th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,688th in 2019) and the 506th most popular British Politician.

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Among politicians, Douglas Hurd ranks 13,695 out of 15,710Before him are Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ling Jihua, Omar Sharmarke, Susan Rice, Dmitry Kozak, and Afonso Dhlakama. After him are Sonny Perdue, Marcus Plautius Silvanus, John Smith, Jeremiah S. Black, Marco Rubio, and Miriam A. Ferguson.

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Among people born in 1930, Douglas Hurd ranks 430Before him are Nikolai Puchkov, Mike Gravel, Stanley Sadie, Ronald Stretton, Roberta Peters, and Catherine Hardy Lavender. After him are Muhal Richard Abrams, Tony Trabert, Rolf Harris, Tommy Kono, Edward Givens, and Maureen Forrester.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Douglas Hurd ranks 4,269 out of 6,924Before him are Ernest Mangnall (1866), Amelia Warner (1982), Charles Kent (1852), David Harewood (1965), Raymond Gosling (1926), and Louise Brown (1978). After him are David Thompson (1770), Jonathan Penrose (1933), George Blagden (1989), David Brabham (1965), Beryl Bainbridge (1932), and Sheila Hancock (1933).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Douglas Hurd ranks 506Before him are Titus Oates (1649), Keir Starmer (1962), George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland (1784), David Owen (1938), Margaret Beckett (1943), and Cherie Blair (1954). After him are John Smith (1938), Keir Hardie (1856), Mackenzie Bowell (1823), James Oglethorpe (1696), George Reid (1845), and Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge (1785).