Harold Wilson and Ted Heath

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Why does Wilson call an early election in 1966?
To consolidate his power. He does this by winning a majority of 96 seats.
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Who won the election in 1970?
Ted Heath with a majority of 30.
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What did Heath want to achieve from his time as PM?
Saving Britain's economic problems. Expansion and modernisation. Determine to gain entry to the EEC.
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What did Heath achieve during his time as PM?
Britain secured entry into the EEC in 1973, confirmed by a refurendum in 1975. Unemployment dropped (500,000)and strikes halved.
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What were some issues during Heath's time as PM?
'Bloody Sunday' in N.Ireland (1972) where British paratroopers killed 13 civilians. Number of strikes inc the miners strike in 1972, the NUM strike in 1973 and a national strike in 1974.
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What was the most significant strike during his time?
The Miners strike which lasted for 6 weeks and saw the introduction of the 3 day week where the electricity was only on for 3 days.
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What and when was the Selsdon Park Conference?
January 1970. Set out tough approaches to economic problems.
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What did Heath do in 1971 relating to Selsdon Park?
He U-Turned against the programme when Rolls-Royce was nationalised and Upper-Clyde Shipbuilders recieved governmnet money.
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What problems did Wilson face when he won the 1974 election?
The narrowness of the majority in the commons, as they had only won with a majority of 3. Trade Union struggles. Economic effects of oil price rise including the balance of payments deficit rising to £1 billion and interest rates up 15%.
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Why did Wilson call a refurendum on the EEC in 1975?
Many in Labour were still anti-Europe, so he wanted to narrow party divisions.
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Why did people vote 'Yes' to the refurendum? How many?
17 millioned voted yes. People saw the economic problems as proof that Britain should be in the EEC.
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What were the main successes of the Labour governments 1974-1979?
Health & Safety Act 1974 - kept the unions onside. North Sea Oils increased making the UK more self sufficient.
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