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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Whitelaw
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Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
4 May 1979 â€“ 10 January 1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Rab Butler[a]
Succeeded by Sir Geoffrey Howe[b]
Leader of the House of Lords
Lord President of the Council
In office
11 June 1983 â€“ 10 January 1988
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Baroness Young
Succeeded by Lord Belstead
Home Secretary
In office
4 May 1979 â€“ 11 June 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Merlyn Rees
Succeeded by Leon Brittan
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
11 April 1976 â€“ 4 May 1979
Leader Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Ian Gilmour
Succeeded by Merlyn Rees
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
4 March 1974 â€“ 11 February 1975
Leader Edward Heath
Preceded by Peter Carington
Succeeded by Peter Thorneycroft
Secretary of State for Employment
In office
2 December 1973 â€“ 4 March 1974
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by Maurice Macmillan
Succeeded by Michael Foot
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
24 March 1972 â€“ 2 December 1973
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Francis Pym
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office
20 June 1970 â€“ 7 April 1972
Prime Minister Edward Heath
Preceded by Fred Peart
Succeeded by Robert Carr
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
In office
16 October 1964 â€“ 20 June 1970
Leader Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Edward Heath
Preceded by Martin Redmayne
Succeeded by Francis Pym
Member of Parliament
for Penrith and The Border
In office
26 May 1955 â€“ 11 June 1983
Preceded by Donald Scott
Succeeded by David Maclean
Personal details
Born William Stephen Ian Whitelaw
(1918-06-28)28 June 1918
Nairn, Scotland
Died 1 July 1999(1999-07-01) (aged 81)
Penrith, England
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Religion Church of Scotland
a. ^ Office vacant from 18 October 1963 to 4 May 1979. b. ^ Office vacant from 10 January 1988 to 24 July 1989.

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
William Whitelaw
I do not intend to prejudge the past.
Harold Wilson is going around the country stirring up apathy.
I have the thermometer in my mouth and I am listening to it all the time.