Heath was not lucky with his cabinet. Ian Macleod, who was a popular figure in the Conservative Party, died suddenly after only a month in office. He was replaced as Chancellor by Anthony Barber. Reginald Maudling, the Home Secretary, was forced to resign in 1972 because of his involvement with the corrupt architect John Poulson. Poulson had spread his net widely and dragged down Labour and Conservative politicians, mainly at the local level. One unusual appointment was that of the former Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, serving as Foreign Secretary. This was the first time that a former leader had served under his successor since Chamberlain was a member of Churchill’s 1940 government.
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