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How would Ted Heath have voted in this election?

One Conservative prime minister took us into Europe, another started to turn her party against it, and now a third is leading the retreat. Michael McManus asks what past big beasts of the Tory jungle would make of election 2017

By Michael McManus  

Heath in 1971 ©PA Archive/PA Images

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During my time running Edward Heath’s office, he and I had just two conversations of substance on the subject of European integration.

The first took place very shortly after I entered his employ. I told him I thought John Major had been very sensible to negotiate opt-outs from both the single currency and the social protocol of the Maastricht Treaty. It was a brief and unpleasant exchange. “Sometimes people just have to be told what…

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