Not in Cabinet Norman Fowler, Transport Minister John Biffen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Howell, Energy Secretary Norman St John Stevas, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Humphrey Atkins, Northern Ireland Secretary George Younger, Scottish Secretary Michael Heseltine, Environment Secretary Nicholas Edwards, Welsh Secretary Patrick Jenkin, Social Services Secretary John Nott, Trade Secretary Mark Carlisle, Education Secretary Angus Maude, Paymaster General Sir John Hunt, Secretary to the Cabinet Sir Ian Gilmour, Lord Privy Seal Lord Soames, Lord President of the Council Sir Keith Joseph, Industry Secretary Lord Carrington, Foreign Secretary and Overseas Development William Whitelaw, Home Secretary Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister Lord Hailsham, Lord Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe, Chancellor of the Exchequer Francis Pym, Defence Minister James Prior, Employment Secretary Peter Walker, Agriculture Minister

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Ian Gilmour

Ian Gilmour was appointed Lord Privy Seal in 1979 and was the main foreign affairs spokesman in the House of Commons, having served as defence secretary in Ted Heath's Cabinet.

The leading "Wet" in Thatcher's first Cabinet, Gilmour was critical of the government's handling of economic policy and did not enjoy good relations with the prime minister.

He was sacked in September 1981 and went on to the back benches where he remained until he went to the House of Lords as Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar in 1992.

Sir Ian Gilmour, Lord Privy Seal


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