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CALLAGHAN LOSES NO CONFIDENCE VOTE

29th March 1979

 

In what may possibly be the most dramatic night in Westminster's history, James Callaghan's government has been brought down by one vote. An election has been called for May 3rd, and Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives hold an initial lead over Labour, with the Liberals facing electoral wipeout following the Thorpe affair. The SNP as well are facing major losses, as they were instrumental in the downfall of the government. Current projections from our polls give the following projections for seat gains and losses

CON: 318 (+32)

LAB: 286 (-24)

LIB: 1 (-13)

SNP: 1 (-8)

OTH: 14

UNDECIDED: 15

 

Who will win? We will find out in 35 days

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34 minutes ago, LegolasRedbard said:

CALLAGHAN LOSES NO CONFIDENCE VOTE

29th March 1979

 

In what may possibly be the most dramatic night in Westminster's history, James Callaghan's government has been brought down by one vote. An election has been called for May 3rd, and Margaret Thatcher's Conservatives hold an initial lead over Labour, with the Liberals facing electoral wipeout following the Thorpe affair. The SNP as well are facing major losses, as they were instrumental in the downfall of the government. Current projections from our polls give the following projections for seat gains and losses

CON: 318 (+32)

LAB: 286 (-24)

LIB: 1 (-13)

SNP: 1 (-8)

OTH: 14

UNDECIDED: 15

 

Who will win? We will find out in 35 days

And that was the day that British society began the great tumble downwards...

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2 minutes ago, Presidentinsertname said:

no that was the day Churchill resign.

Churchill was a great and masterful (and needed) wartime Prime Minister - probably the best the UK has had, along with perhaps William Pitt the Younger. As a peacetime Prime Minister, Churchill was a bigger bomb than any dropped during the Blitz - his viewpoints were anachronistic and outdated by half a century, and his bulldog-like tenacity that served him so well during the war just made him and unadaptive, inefficient, tyrannical, uncharismatic dinosaur whose bigotries and stubbornness were on full display in his second term in the early '50's.

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LABOUR LOSES SAFE SEAT TO SCANDAL RIDDEN LIBERALS

30th March 1979

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Despite being seriously damaged by the Thorpe Affair, the Liberals last night proved they still have some fight left in them. They won almost 65% of the vote in the by-election held in Liverpool, Edge Hill last night, gaining the seat from Labour, who have held the seat since 1945. It is yet another blow to the Government, who are now have one less seat in their minority government

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Conservative MP Airey Neave has been killed in a car bomb attack outside the House of Commons. The 63 year old, the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary and a lawyer who served the International Millitary Tribunal in Nuremberg, was assassinated by a group calling itself the Irish National Liberation Army. Margaret Thatcher said of him:

"He was one of freedom's warriors. No one knew of the great man he was, except those nearest to him. He was staunch, brave, true, strong; but he was very gentle and kind and loyal. It's a rare combination of qualities. There's no one else who can quite fill them. I, and so many other people, owe so much to him and now we must carry on for the things he fought for and not let the people who got him triumph."

 

The attack comes two days after the vote of no confidence which brought down Prime Minister James Callaghan's government...

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TORIES WIN MAJORITY

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Margaret Thatcher has became the first female Prime Minister in British history, after leading the Conservative Party to a comfortable majority in the House of Commons. They gained 68 seats, with the governing Labour Party losing 58 seats. The Liberal Party mostly weathered the storm that the Thorpe Affair had caused, losing only 3 seats, while the Nationalist Parties combined won 5 seats, losing 7

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The Thatcher Cabinet, May 1979

 

Prime Minister - Margaret Thatcher

Home Secretary - William Whitelaw

Sir Geoffrey Howe - Chancellor of the Exchequer

John Biffen - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Lord Carrington - Foreign Secretary

Peter Walker - Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Norman St John-Stevas - Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Francis Pym - Defence Secretary

Mark Carlisle - Education and Science Secretary

James Prior - Employment Secretary

David Howell - Energy Secretary

Michael Heseletine - Environment Secretary

Patrick Jenkin - Health and Social Security Secretary

Keith Joseph - Industry Secretary

Humphrey Atkins - Northern Ireland Secretary

Angus Maude - Paymaster-General

Teddy Taylor - Scotland Secretary

John Nott - Trade Secretary

Nicholas Edwards - Wales Secretary

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1 hour ago, LegolasRedbard said:

The Thatcher Cabinet, May 1979

 

Prime Minister - Margaret Thatcher

Home Secretary - William Whitelaw

Sir Geoffrey Howe - Chancellor of the Exchequer

John Biffen - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Lord Carrington - Foreign Secretary

Peter Walker - Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Norman St John-Stevas - Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Francis Pym - Defence Secretary

Mark Carlisle - Education and Science Secretary

James Prior - Employment Secretary

David Howell - Energy Secretary

Michael Heseletine - Environment Secretary

Patrick Jenkin - Health and Social Security Secretary

Keith Joseph - Industry Secretary

Humphrey Atkins - Northern Ireland Secretary

Angus Maude - Paymaster-General

Teddy Taylor - Scotland Secretary

John Nott - Trade Secretary

Nicholas Edwards - Wales Secretary

I knew Teddy Taylor was going to be the Scotland Secretary! It's not like Thatcher was spoiled for viable, loyal, and reliable choice there, though.

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