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Thatcher’s Trial: Six Months That Defined a Leader

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Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Sunday 13th October 13:00 - 14:00 | Northwood House


Kwasi Kwarteng in conversation with Sir Richard Ottaway, discusses the research and writing process that produced his book, Thatcher’s Trial: Six Months That Defined a Leader. Within two years of Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979 as Prime Minister, she was beset by troubles. Unemployment had risen to levels not seen since the 1930s and public finances foundered in their worst state since 1945. The ‘no hope’ budget delivered by Chancellor Geoffrey Howe in March marked the beginning of a six-month period which witnessed pressures in Northern Ireland, hunger strikes, urban riots and unprecedented unrest within the Conservative Party.  By the Cabinet reshuffle of 14 September, in which mutinous grandees were removed, Thatcher had firmly reasserted her authority. This extraordinary six-month period would come to define the Conservative Party’s most successful and divisive modern figure. Kwarteng offers a compelling study of arguably the most significant six months in British post-war history.

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