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POD: Margaret Thatcher decides not to attend the European summit in Paris when Michael Heseltine challenges her for the leadership. Instead, she full heartedly campaigns for her re-election.




Results of the Conservative party leadership election, Tuesday November 20th 1990

Candidate Votes %
Margaret Thatcher 250 67.20%
Michael Heseltine 101 27.15%
Abstentions 21 5.65%
Majority 64

Thatcher in office 1990 - 1991

Mrs Thatcher's re-election as Tory leader made many Thatcherites take a sigh of relief, but didn't solve the great rift between the prime minister and more moderate former cabinet members over the Europe issue. Then the operation desert storm was launched, with Thatcher putting a jingoistic spin on Britain's comparatively small contribution. Conservative poll ratings briefly improved, and taking the initiative Thatcher called a snap general election in June 1991.

1991 General Election

June 6th, 1991 General Election Results
Party Seats %
Conservative 305 38.6
Labour 299 36.4
Liberal Democrats 23 19.1
UUP 9
SDLP 4
Plaid Cymru 4
DUP 3
SNP 3
UPUP 1
Total 651

The first hung parliament since 1974 had occurred, Thatcher had been unable to pull off a fourth successive election victory and Kinnock had been unable to win a labour majority.


Kinnock Government 1991 - 1995

Kinnock Coalition Cabinet - June 1991

Prime Minister - Neil Kinnock

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary - Paddy Ashdown

Chancellor of the Exchequer - John Smith

Home Secretary - Roy Hattersley

Defence Secretary - Menzies Campbell

Education Secretary - Tony Blair

Environment Secretary - Gerald Kaufmann

Europe Minister - Charles Kennedy

1995 General Election

May 4th, 1995 General Election Results
Party Seats %
Conservative 358 38.6
Labour 299 36.4
Liberal Democrats 18 19.1
UUP 9
SDLP 4
Plaid Cymru 4
DUP 3
SNP 3
UPUP 1
Total 651 1

Major Government 1995 - 1999

Prime Minister - John Major

Deputy Prime Minister - Michael Heseltine

Chancellor of the Exchequer - Ken Clarke

Foreign Secretary - John Redwood

Home Secretary - Michael Howard

Defence Secretary - Michael Portillo

1999 General Election

Blair Government 1999 - 2009

Prime Minister - Tony Blair

Chancellor of the Exchequer - Gordon Brown

Foreign Secretary -

Home Secretary -

2003 General Election

2007 General Election

Miliband Government 2009 -

2011 General Election

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