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29 years today: The 1983 General Election

    On this day, June 9th, in 1983, Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to a landslide victory in the General Election, securing 397 of the 650 seats up for grabs.

    It was a remarkable achievement for the UK’s first female Prime Minister who had been predicted to be a one-term PM through the majority of her initial four years. The victory owed much to Lady Thatcher’s indomitable character which broke through whatever the challenge – whether confronted with the Argentine aggression of the Falklands War 30 years ago this year, or the economic challenges of her time, so masterfully tackled that the turnaround seen by the election allowed the Conservatives to lead on their success.

    Thatcher was a conviction politician who used her vision for the country to change the tide of public thought, and it is that kind of leadership that Dr. Tim Morgan of Tullet Prebon called for in his CPS report published yesterday, The Quest for Change and Renewal.

    In statistical terms, Gordon Brown’s economic legacy is far direr than the one inherited by Thatcher: a deficit of 4.9% of GDP was passed down in 1979, the Coalition inherited a deficit of 11%.

    Morgan’s pamphlet argues that the centre-right must champion the individual over the collective and the corporate. This requires promoting freedom, and empowering the individual in relation both to the state and to corporate interests.

    Remember Lady T’s anniversary today: BBC News on this day1983 General Election

    And read about the future challenges: ‘The Quest for Change and Renewal’ Tim Morgan

    Lewis joined the Centre for Policy Studies in April 2011 with responsibility for social media and digital engagement.

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