October: Margaret Thatcher's 'the lady's not for turning' speech at Conservative Party Conference
November: Ronald Reagan elected US President
CPS publishes 'The New Conservatism' by Nigel Lawson and 'The Challenge of a Radical Reactionary' by Lord Harris of High Cross. The Centre's Trade Union Reform Committee publishes a range of proposals for reforming Britain's union laws, setting the agenda for future Government action.
March: Formation of the SDP
CPS publications include 'Against Import Controls' by Tim Congdon, 'The Economic Adviser's Role' by Alan Walters and 'The Litmus Papers: A National Health Dis-service' - a collection of essays on health reform edited by Arthur Seldon.
April - June: Falklands War
CPS publishes 'The Right to Learn' - a ground-breaking report on standards, parental choice and devolution of power to schools. 'Telecommunications in Britain' calls for the privatisation of BT and the introduction of competition to the sector.
June: General Election. Conservative majority 144
CPS publishes 'Power to the People' by Anthony Flew, one of the earliest serious discussions of parental choice in education.
March: Coal strike began
October: Brighton bomb
November: Flotation of British Telecom
CPS publishes 'Making it Work: the future of the European Community' - the first report of the CPS' Study Group on the European Community.
CPS publishes 'Shares for All: steps towards a share-owning society' by Sir Nicholas Goodison
June: General Election. Conservative majority 102
October: 'Black Monday'.
A comprehensive series of CPS reports on the next steps in the privatisation agenda examines the sectors of rail, electricity, coal and the Royal Mail. 'The Good Council Guide' lays out an agenda for local government reform, based on the successes of Wandsworth Council.
November: Fall of the Berlin Wall
CPS publishes 'Nationalised Universities' by Deepak Lal, which called for an end to Government control over universities.