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Geoffrey Howe, revolutionary at the Treasury

With the release last week of the official Treasury papers from the early 1980s, Thatcher’s first Chancellor emerges as an accomplished administrator and a bold politician willing to face widespread opposition

By Emily Stacey  

Geoffrey Howe ©PA/PA Wire/PA Images

Geoffrey Howe was one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies and confidants and together the two made history. From 1983 to 1989 as Foreign Secretary Howe strengthened Britain as a leading voice within the European Economic Community, helped to combat the spread of communism, negotiated a Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong and was a key player in the Anglo-American relationship during the golden Reagan-Thatcher years.

Prior to the Foreign Office, Howe had initially served Thatcher as Shadow…

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