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Political parties and the Uk timeline Conservative landslide 1979 - The Conservatives (Margaret Thatcher) are in power. She begins to introduce free-market policies, bringing the winter of discontent. A great change to that of labour, is her plans a rdical approach? 1981 - Thatcher government begins programme of privatisation of the state, industries such as BP and BA where key targets for her, she felt that private companies would feel the need to compete so therefore providing a better service that is more efficient, causing economic growth. As a consequence both the public and cabinet were at a divide; as a result 3.3 billion are left unemployed. 1982 - Argentina invades the Falklands Islands. England fights back, and wins. This gives Margaret Thatcher authority in the cabinet, country and a respectable name on the world stage. Teachers audacious move to tackle the unions head on pays off, victory over the miners greatly reduced their ability and power in decision making. ...read more.


1994 - As a shock to the labour party and nation John Smith dies. Tony Blair becomes Labour leader. A lot of his policies and aims liken or are based upon those of John Smith (his almost mentor in the party) Blair is almost all set up for victory. Labour landslide 1997 Labour under Blair wins landslide election victory. He plans and does introduce the following: * Increased control of party leadership to decide policy (Policy forum) * Decline f Trade Union influence * Chang of Face, (New labour is now active) * His plans are summed up in three words "Education, Education, Education" * Left wing policies abandoned (social democracy for a 3rd way) * Acceptance of free market Thatcherism & give individual interest rates to the bank of England. 1998 - Good Friday Agreement on a political settlement for Northern Ireland is approved by voters in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. Blair re-elected 2001 Blair's Labour party wins a second successive general election victory. ...read more.


Pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament following elections. 2007 Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair as PM and is soon to find that he cant always stick to his policies he planned on. Nick Clegg won a closely fought contest to be the new leader of the Liberal Democrats 2008 The government nationalises the troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock. Funding problems at the bank in the second half of 2007 triggered the first run on a British bank in more than a century. (thetimes.co.uk) something Gordon brown promised not to do. Ruling Labour Party In the contest for Mayor of London it loses to the candidate of the main opposition Conservative party, Boris Johnson. The government part-nationalises three leading UK banks with a 37 billion pound rescue package. It also pumps billions into the UK financial system after record stock market falls precipitated by the global "credit crunch". Now tax cuts are being introduced to increase public spending along with millions of pounds increase of public spending, critics state however that Mr Brown is simply throwing money at the situation in ope this will recover it... will it? Tim Linehan ...read more.

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