Wilson retires 1976

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Wilson Retires 1976.

  • It came as a surprise when Wilson announced his retirement in March 1976, only two years into the new government.
  • Many thought they smelt scandal, and there have been all sorts of conspiracy stories since. Some thought he wanted to get out before the economic situation got really bad.
  • The most probable reason is however, that he wanted to keep to an earlier promise he had made to retire from politics at 60
  •  His health was also failing, and his appetite for the political battles and intrigue was waning.
  • He was replaced as leader if the Labour Party and as PM by James Callaghan, who easily beat off the challenge from Michael Foot.
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