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Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.

Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.
Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.
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Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.
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Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.
Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977.
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Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan being photographed while he put his hand inside the blazer's pocket. 1977. Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC (27 March 1912 – 26 March 2005), often known as Jim Callaghan, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980. Callaghan is to date the only politician in history to have served in all four of the "Great Offices of State", having been Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1964 to 1967, Home Secretary from 1967 to 1970, and Foreign Secretary from 1974, until his appointment as Prime Minister in 1976. As Prime Minister, he had some successes, but was chiefly remembered for the "Winter of Discontent" in 1978–79. During a very cold winter, his battle with trade unions led to massive strikes that seriously inconvenienced the public, leading to his defeat in the polls by Margaret Thatcher. As a new MP in 1945 he was on the left wing of the party; he steadily moved right but maintained his reputation as "The Keeper of the Cloth Cap" – that is he was seen as dedicated to maintaining close ties between the Party and the trade unions. After Labour lost the 1970 election, Callaghan played a key role in the Shadow Cabinet. He became Foreign Secretary in 1974, taking responsibility for renegotiating the terms of Britain's membership of the European Economic Community, and supporting a "Yes" vote in the 1975 referendum to remain in the EEC. When Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned in 1976, Callaghan defeated five other candidates to be elected as his replacement.

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