Heath 70-74

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  • Heath: 70 -74
    • 1970 election
      • Votes: C 13,145,000 L 12, 179,000
        • 'Rivers of Blood' = 2.5 mil + votes
        • Wilson complacent - regal style
        • Wilson not realise failure of ec. policies lost votes
    • "Selsdon Man"
      • wanted hands off approach in govt. direction
        • Govt. did not seek to impose wage or salary freeze or interfere with pay settlements
    • "U-Turn"
      • within 18 months of trying Selsdon Man policy - Heath U- Turned
        • Inflation rose 15% by end of 71 + declining industrial output
          • new policy needed - controlling price and incomes
      • Bailed out Rolls Royce - Nationalised company in 1971
      • Subsidies were given to private companies facing difficulties
    • Industrial Relations Act 1971
      • Extension of "In Place of Strife"
        • unions have to be on govt. registers
        • stop helping "lame duck" businesses
    • Problems with Unions
      • strikes marred Heath's time in office
        • Unions suspicious and hostile of Heath
          • felt the Industrial Relations Act was union bashing
    • 3 day week
      • hoped to defeat mines by restricting fuel use to 3 days
        • announced december 1973
      • dispute eventually settled but only after NUM gained 21% wage increase
        • strike again in 1974 - led to 74 election
    • 1973 EEC Entry
      • following De Faule resignation in 69, EEC invited UK to reapply
        • 1972
      • signed treaty of accession in 73
        • regarded Heath's greatest ach.
          • pushed to accept conditions of entry
            • Heath told officials to accept any terms
      • +ves
        • - gained access to EU markets - stood better chance of attracting foreign busi.
      • -ves
        • - not able to buy cheap food from commonwealth -VAT
    • Election: Feb 1974 - who governs Britain?
      • narrow election
        • lost:
          • 72 = highest unemployment since 30s
          • rapid inflation
          • sense of hopelessness and desperation in electorate
      • SEATS: C 297 L 301
        • hung parliament

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