1 of 8 Born in 1916, Edward Heath was a grammar school boy who made it to Oxford. By 1950 he had entered Parliament as a Tory MP. He gave his maiden speech on Europe, an issue that was to dominate his political life.
2 of 8 Edward Heath rose quickly, becoming the party's chief whip before taking on the Tory top job just 15 years after becoming an MP.
3 of 8 Despite being a world away from the upper class Tory leaders before him, Heath failed to beat Labour's Harold Wilson in 1966. A sporting image makeover was prescribed by his advisers.
4 of 8 In 1970 Heath upset the pundits and entered Downing Street, turning the tables on Wilson.
5 of 8 Heath's time in office was beset with strikes, power cuts and the three-day week. For many he was not a popular prime minister. His main achievement was taking Britain into Europe.
6 of 8 Heath lost two elections in 1974. His failure was not forgiven by his colleagues and he was soon defeated in a leadership election by Margaret Thatcher.
7 of 8 While Mrs Thatcher was in power Heath was a fierce critic of her policies. He never really accepted her leadership. By the 1990s he had become the country's longest serving MP.
8 of 8 Edward Heath: 50 years an MP, four years a prime minister.