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Thatcher sucess in 1983 election
The economy was recovering, inflation falling and a sense of affluence was spreading in the
south.
New, high tech industries were popping up in the south east.
The full impact of Thatcher's economic policy was confined to the north of England, South
Wales and Scotland.…

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the traditional heavy industries of coal, iron and steel, and manufacturing of ships, cars and
alike.
It should also be remembered that there were two deep recessions at the beginning and end of
the 1980s, where a lot of people lost their jobs and homes.
Much of the governments cuts…

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Also, by the mid 1980s, Britain was no longer as reliant on coal as it had been in the past due
to electricity being produced by oil, gas and nuclear reactors.
Houses and factories were heated by gas, not coal any more.

The Strike.
The striking union, the National Union…

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The Labour Party did not come out in favour of the strike. There was no real idea of what
Labour would do about the strike.
The police were largely successful in enabling strike breaking miners to get to work.
Since coal was no longer a vital necessity to the nation,…

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t also created more Conservative voters by creating more share owning citizens.
After 1983, more sell offs took place and each year the government raised more that 1billion,
peaking in 1989 when 7.1 billion was raised.

The sale of Jaguar cars showed the success that privatisation could bring; as part…

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such as the `Militant Tendency', four prominent Labour members broke away and set up their
own party, the Social Democratic Party.
The `gang of four' were Shirley Williams, David Owen, Roy Jenkins and William Rodgers, all
prominent Labour MPs, and some had served in previous Labour governments.
The SDP was…

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They had to justify their spending and open up their services to competitive tendering and
that services could not just be provided by councils themselves.
She hoped to make local government more accountable and cheaper. S
he wanted to curb high spending local councils, notably in Liverpool and Manchester, and…

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Her Relationship with the Conservative Party.
She had already clashed with too many members of her cabinet and some major players had
lost their jobs as a result of her reshuffles or refusal to compromise.
In 1986 Michael Heseltine resigned over the selling of Westland Helicopters to the Americans.
The…

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She also wanted to ensure national sovereignty was upheld in the face of, what she saw as,
growing control over individual states from Brussels.
She successfully got a massive amount cut from the amount that Britain had to pay into the
EEC, but her fears of a `European Super State'…

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The key aspects of foreign policy in this period surround the following;
Continuing retreat from empire.
The causes and consequences of the Falklands War.
Thatcher, Britain and Europe.
Britain's contribution to the ending of the Cold War.


There were two main strands of Thatcher's foreign policy; firstly, standing shoulder to…

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