Former Deputy Prime Minister
The Rt. Hon. Lord Heseltine has enjoyed a high profile political career. For thirty years, from his days as Minister for Aerospace in the early 1970s to his appointment as Deputy Prime Minster in the mid-1990s, he has consistently ranked as one of the best known public figures.
In 1957, Michael founded Haymarket, which is now one of the largest independent magazine companies in the country with extensive interests overseas.
Michael was Opposition Spokesman for Industry, Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Secretary of State for the Environment and a Member of the Privy Council. He was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in January 1983 before resigning from the Cabinet in January 1986.
In late 1990, Michael challenged Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Conservative Party, she resigned and he joined John Major’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for the Environment. Following the 1992 General Election he served as President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry before becoming First Secretary of State and Deputy Prime Minister until April 1997.
Lord Heseltine re-joined the Haymarket Board of Directors on leaving Government in 1997, and became chairman of the Haymarket Group in March 1999.