The Winter of Discontent, Mrs Thatcher and the 1979 May Election

Saturday 30 May 2020, 1.30PM to 4.30pm

The months between September 1978 and May 1979 undoubtedly marked a turning point for the United Kingdom when James Callaghan’s Labour Government was replaced by a resurgent Conservative Party, giving Britain its first female prime minister. Why did public opinion turn so dramatically against the hitherto popular and trusted Callaghan? To what extent had the Conservative Party reinvented itself after Ted Heath’s departure in 1975? What did Mrs Thatcher promise the voters? And did she keep her manifesto commitments?

Tutor: Joseph Oakley MA PGCE

  • Term: Summer
  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 30 May 2020
  • Time: 1.30-4.30pm
  • No. of weeks: 1
  • Full fee: £23

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