What If… Sir Edward Heath had not been elected Tory leader?

Ted Heath [left] shaking hands with President Richard Nixon [right] at the White House 1973.
Ted Heath [left] shake hands with President Richard Nixon [right] upon Heath’s arrival at the White House in 1973.


Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University’s School of Politics and International Relations, provides expert insight to reflect on what may have happened if Kent-born MP Sir Edward (Ted) Heath had never been elected to lead the Conservatives in 1965.

Exclusively with Kent Online, Professor Whitman discusses what may have happened if Heath’s main contender Reginald Maudling had been elected to head the party, and how the UK might not have joined what later became the European Union.

This is the fifth in the University of Kent’s “What If?’ alternative history features with the Kent Messenger. You can read Professor Whitman’s piece here.