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1975-79: Leader of the Opposition Chronology

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75 Feb 11 Tu Full Text Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership second ballot: MT elected leader
75 Feb 18 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Shadow Cabinet complete
75 Mar 10 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Dublin European Council (ended 11 Mar): British `renegotiation’ concluded
75 Mar 18 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Government to recommend Britain remain in EC
75 Apr 9 We Info Only Key [Chronology] MT met Ronald Reagan for the first time (or possibly the second)
75 Apr 15 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget
75 Apr 17 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Cambodia: Phnom Penn fell to Khmer Rouge
75 Apr 30 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Vietnam: fall of Saigon
75 Jun 5 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] European Referendum: 67.2 per cent for; 32.8 per cent against (64 per cent turnout)
75 Jun 10 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Reshuffle: Benn and Varley swapped jobs (Industry and Energy)
75 Jun 26 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Woolwich West by-election: Conservative gain
75 Jul 1 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Labour Government proposed pay policy; White Paper (11 Jly)
75 Jul 14 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Unemployment passed 1m
75 Aug 31 Su Info Only Minor [Chronology] MT visited Rumania (returned 3 Spt)
75 Sep 13 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] MT visited USA and Canada (returned 26 Spt)
75 Nov 27 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Ross McWhirter murdered by IRA - MT given 24 hour police protection
76 Jan 29 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Norman Scott allegations against Jeremy Thorpe
76 Feb 19 Th Info Only Minor [Chronology] Fishing war: Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with UK
76 Mar 2 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Sterling crisis began as sterling fell below $2
76 Mar 16 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Wilson announced his resignation as Prime Minister
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