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1970-75: Cabinet rank Chronology

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70 Jun 19 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] MT given her first Cabinet post (Secretary of State for Education and Science)
70 Jun 30 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Circular 10/70, withdrawing compulsion to go comprehensive
70 Jul 20 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Death of Iain Macleod; Barber became Chancellor
70 Oct 27 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget
70 Oct 29 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] EC entry talks began
71 Feb 4 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Rolls-Royce nationalisation announced
71 May 20 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Heath-Pompidou summit in Paris removed final obstacles to EC entry
71 Aug 9 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Northern Ireland: internment introduced
72 Jan 9 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Miners' strike began
72 Jan 12 We Info Only Major [Chronology] MT and senior officials met Heath at Chequers; reinforced her authority
72 Jan 20 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Unemployment passed 1m
72 Jan 30 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] "Bloody Sunday": British troops killed 13 in Londonderry
72 Feb 10 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Saltley Coke depot closed by pickets
72 Feb 19 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Heath conceded miners' demands
72 Mar 21 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget: full scale reflation
72 Mar 22 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Industry White Paper, basis of 1972 Industry Act
72 Mar 24 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Northern Ireland: Stormont suspended; direct rule began
72 Jun 23 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Sterling floated: left European `snake' and unpegged from dollar
72 Jul 21 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Five dockers jailed in Pentonville (decision reversed 26 Jly)
72 Aug 8 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Ugandan Asians expelled by Idi Amin
72 Sep 26 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Tripartite talks began (broke down 2 Nov)
72 Nov 6 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Statutory control of pay, prices, dividends and rents (Phase I)
72 Dec 6 We Info Only Key [Chronology] MT's White Paper published: Education: A Framework for Expansion
72 Dec 7 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Sutton and Cheam by-election: Liberal gain from Conservatives
73 Jan 1 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Britain acceded to the European Community
73 Jan 17 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Phase II of pay policy announced
73 Feb 28 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Labour-TUC document launched the Social Contract
73 Mar 6 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Budget: introduced VAT, at 10 per cent
73 Apr 1 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Phase II of pay policy began
73 May 21 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Sex scandals hit government (Lambton resigned; Jellicoe followed (24 May))
73 Jul 26 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Ripon and Ely by-elections: Liberal gains from Conservatives
73 Oct 6 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Arab-Israeli War (ended 24 Oct); oil price increased 70 per cent
73 Oct 8 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] Phase III announced: 2.25 or 7 per cent; inflation linked `threshold' payments
73 Nov 12 Mo Info Only Key [Chronology] NUM overtime ban began; State of Emergency following day
73 Dec 2 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Reshuffle: Whitelaw became Employment Secretary
73 Dec 9 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Sunningdale Agreement
73 Dec 13 Th Info Only Key [Chronology] Three day week announced
73 Dec 17 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Emergency budget: 1200m reduction in planned expenditure
74 Jan 9 We Info Only Major [Chronology] TUC offered to treat miners' pay claim as special case; rejected by government
74 Feb 5 Tu Full Text Major [Chronology] NUM strike ballot: 81 per cent in favour
74 Feb 7 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election called for 28 Feb
74 Feb 10 Su Info Only Key [Chronology] Miners' strike began (ended 11 Mar)
74 Feb 21 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Pay Board leak: miners claim consistent with Phase III
74 Feb 23 Sa Full Text Major [Chronology] Powell said he would vote Labour
74 Feb 28 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: no overall majority for any party
74 Mar 2 Sa Info Only Key [Chronology] Heath offered Liberals seats in coalition; rejected by them
74 Mar 11 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Shadow Cabinet formed; MT shadowing Environment
74 May 15 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Northern Ireland: Loyalist strike began; executive resigned (28 May)
74 Jun 22 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Upminster speech
74 Jun 26 We Full Text Major [Chronology] Heath speech on national unity theme
74 Aug 9 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Nixon resigned over Watergate
74 Sep 5 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Preston speech
74 Sep 18 We Full Text Major [Chronology] General Election called for 10 October
74 Oct 2 We Full Text Major [Chronology] Heath urged a Government "of all the talents"
74 Oct 5 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Guildford pub bombs: five killed
74 Oct 10 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: Labour majority of three
74 Oct 15 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] 1922 Committee met in Milk Street
74 Oct 19 Sa Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph’s Edgbaston speech
74 Nov 7 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Reshuffle of Shadows: MT to assist Carr on Treasury questions
74 Nov 14 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Heath announced Home Committee to review leadership election procedure
74 Nov 21 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Keith Joseph told MT he would not stand for the leadership; MT decided she would
74 Dec 17 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Home Committee (leadership election procedure) reported
75 Jan 15 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Du Cann announced he would not run for Conservative leadership
75 Jan 23 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] European referendum announced; ministers free to differ
75 Feb 4 Tu Full Text Key [Chronology] Conservative leadership first ballot: Heath resigned
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