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1979-90: Prime Minister Chronology

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Date Type Value Author/Source Title
79 May 4 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] MT appointed Prime Minister
79 Jun 7 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] European Elections
79 Jun 12 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
79 Jul 31 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Lusaka Commonwealth Meeting began (ended 8 Aug)
79 Aug 27 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] IRA murdered Mountbatten and 18 soldiers (Warrenpoint)
79 Oct 23 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Exchange controls abolished
79 Nov 29 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Dublin European Council (ended 30 Nov); budget row
79 Dec 24 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] USSR invaded Afghanistan
80 Jan 2 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Steel strike began (ended 3 April)
80 Mar 25 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
80 Jun 2 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Cabinet agreed European budget proposal
80 Sep 22 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Iran-Iraq war began
80 Nov 4 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Reagan elected US President
81 Jan 5 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Stevas, Maude left cabinet; Brittan joined
81 Feb 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] NCB announced pit closures (abandoned 18 Feb)
81 Mar 1 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] 2nd Republican hunger strike began (ended 3 Oct)
81 Mar 10 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget
81 Mar 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] SDP formed (Alliance formed 16 June)
81 Sep 14 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Reshuffle: Soames, Gilmour, Carlisle dropped; Prior moved to Northern Ireland; Tebbit joined Cabinet to replace him at Employment; Lawson joined Cabinet (Energy); Parkinson became Party Chairman
81 Nov 26 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Crosby by-election: Shirley Williams won Conservative seat for SDP
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