James Callaghan

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Person.png James Callaghan   Powerbase WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornLeonard James Callaghan
27 March 1912
Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Died26 March 2005 (Age 92)
Ringmer, East Sussex, United Kingdom
ParentsJames Callaghan Charlotte Cundy
Children • Margaret
• Julie Michael
SpouseAudrey Moulton
Member ofKönigswinter/Speakers
Attended the 12th Bilderberg in 1963. Later picked as head of the UK labour party. PM for 3 years in the late 1970s

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In office
5 April 1976 - 4 May 1979
Preceded byHarold Wilson
Succeeded byMargaret Thatcher

Employment.png Leader of the Labour Party

In office
5 April 1976 - 10 November 1980
DeputyMichael Foot, Denis Healey
Preceded byHarold Wilson
Succeeded byMichael Foot

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In office
9 June 1983 - 11 June 1987

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In office
4 May 1979 - 10 November 1980
Preceded byMargaret Thatcher
Succeeded byMichael Foot

Employment.png Foreign Secretary

In office
5 March 1974 - 5 April 1976
Preceded byAlec Douglas-Home

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In office
19 April 1972 - 28 February 1974
Preceded byDenis Healey

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Employment

In office
19 October 1971 - 19 April 1972
Preceded byBarbara Castle

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In office
19 June 1970 - 19 October 1971
Succeeded byShirley Williams

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In office
30 November 1967 - 19 June 1970
Succeeded byReginald Maudling

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In office
16 October 1964 - 30 November 1967
Preceded byReginald Maudling
Succeeded byRoy Jenkins

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In office
2 November 1961 - 16 October 1964
Preceded byHarold Wilson
Succeeded byReginald Maudling

James Callaghan was Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980 and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979.[1]


As is standard for a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Callaghan attended the Bilderberg group before being elected leader of his political party (in 1963).

Uranium from Namibia

"... nevertheless, in keeping with the spirit of these (UN) resolutions, we have decided to give no further promotional support for trade with Namibia..."
James Callaghan, Foreign Secretary, House of Commons, December 1974

The Rossing File awaits the answer to this question:

Why was it that Mr Callaghan as Foreign Secretary, following talks with representatives of SWAPO in Lusaka during January 1975, gave a false impression to members of the Labour Cabinet that Namibia's "sole authentic representative" had no objection to the Rössing Uranium Mine contracts being continued?

Records of that discussion confirm that the SWAPO representatives present gave no such indication.[2]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/196329 March 196331 March 1963France
Hotel Martinez
The 12th Bilderberg meeting and the second one in France.


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Lockerbie Bombing and my Reinstatement in HM Diplomatic Serviceletter29 January 1997Patrick HaseldineFormer diplomat Patrick Haseldine writes to former Prime Minister James Callaghan
Document:Reinstatement in HM Diplomatic ServiceLetter6 January 1997Patrick HaseldineA plea for reinstatement in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by "Thatcher's Whitehall Critic"
Document:The Rossing File:The Inside Story of Britain's Secret Contract for Namibian Uraniumpamphlet1980Alun RobertsScandal in the 1970s and 1980s of collusion by successive British governments with the mining conglomerate Rio Tinto to import yellowcake from the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia (illegally occupied by apartheid South Africa) in defiance of international law, and leading to the targeting of UN Commissioner for Namibia Bernt Carlsson on Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.
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