chapter  5
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WASHINGTON AND THE LABOUR PARTY

Harold Macmillan resigned barely more than a month before Kennedy’s death. His successor, Foreign Secretary Lord Home, who renounced his title to become Alec Douglas Home, presided over a forlorn Conservative government in what was to be its final year in office. The British people seemed to want a change, especially as the Conservatives had been in power for more than twelve years by the time Home took office. The new prime minister with his aristocratic background and lack of dynamism seemed unlikely to reverse the fortunes of his party.