Problems Macmillan Faced

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  • Problems Macmillan faced
    • Profumo Affair
      • John Profumo's affair with Christine Keeler
        • She was known to have links with the Soviets
          • Seen as threat to national security
        • Seen as threat to national security
      • Macmillan believed it too easily when he denied it
        • Did not look into it
      • 1961
    • Vassal spy affair
      • Vassal was homosexual (illegal at the time)
        • The KGB found out about this and used it
          • Got Vassal to spy on Britain for them
      • Macmillan did not get suspicious about the amount of money Vassal had (too much for his job)
        • Did not investigate/look into Vassal
    • Night of the Long Knives
      • Wanted to change up party
        • Fired half his cabinet in one night
      • Saw that party was looking old and out of touch
        • Compared to JFK in America
        • Compared to Labour as party of modernisation
    • Labour as party of modernisation
      • Conservative party seen as old and out of touch
      • Labour seen as new and modern- promising new things, and had new leaders and manifesto etc.
      • Rejuvenated the party

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