Sir Peregrine Worsthorne
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Worsthorne on Douglas-Home's rise to PM

Fifty years ago today, Britain was taken by surprise when Harold Macmillan resigned as prime minister and in a surprise move, the Queen invited the 14th Earl of Home - a Conservative peer and Scottish aristocrat - to form a government.

Andrew Neil spoke to Peregrine Worsthorne, then Sunday Telegraph deputy editor, about his memories of Alec Douglas-Home's surprise elevation after they watched a clip from the archives.

BBC Parliament marks the anniversary with Home at The Top on Saturday from 20:00 BST

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  • 18 Oct 2013
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