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Major, John Major, John R. Major, John Roy Major(noun)
British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
Sir John Major, KG, CH, ACIB is a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997, during which time he was also Leader of the Conservative Party. He held the posts of Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Cabinet of Margaret Thatcher, and was the Member of Parliament for Huntingdon from the 1979 general election to the 2001 general election. Although Major proved "a great disappointment to Thatcher", he was her preferred choice as successor as she expected to "continue in control of the country as a backseat driver". Early in his term, Major presided over British participation in the Gulf War in March 1991 and claimed to have negotiated "Game, Set and Match for Britain" at the Maastricht Treaty in December 1991. Despite the British economy then being in recession, he led the Conservatives to a fourth consecutive election victory, winning the most votes in British electoral history in the 1992 general election, albeit with a much reduced majority in the House of Commons. He is the most recent Conservative leader to win an outright majority of constituencies in a general election.
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