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1975-79: Leader of the Opposition Chronology

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76 Dec 1 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Shadow Cabinet decided to oppose devolution on 2R; Buchanan-Smith and Rifkind resigned
76 Dec 15 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Budget: Letter of Intent to IMF published (loan granted 3 Jan 77)
76 Dec 16 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: 2R Scotland and Wales Bill passed 292:247
77 Feb 6 Su Info Only Major [Chronology] Silver Jubilee of the Queen's accession
77 Feb 19 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Death of Tony Crosland; Owen became Foreign Secretary (21 Feb)
77 Feb 22 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] HC: devolution guillotine defeated 312:283
77 Mar 17 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Government defeat on public expenditure; MT moved confidence motion
77 Mar 23 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Lib-Lab Pact
77 Apr 27 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Ashfield by-election: Conservative gain mining seat from Labour
77 May 5 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Local elections: large Conservative gains, including GLC
77 Jun 13 Mo Full Text Major [Chronology] Grunwick dispute: mass picketing began
77 Jun 16 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Rooker-Wise-Lawson amendments (indexing tax allowances)
77 Jul 15 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Government set out next stage of pay policy
77 Jul 25 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Maudling cleared in Poulson case but John Cordle resigned as MP
77 Jul 28 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Lib-Lab Pact renewed for coming session
77 Aug 26 Fr Full Text Major [Chronology] Scarman Report on Grunwick dispute
77 Sep 6 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] MT visited USA (returned 15 Spt)
77 Oct 8 Sa Full Text Major [Chronology] Reg Prentice joined Conservative Party
77 Oct 8 Sa Full Text Major [Chronology] The Right Approach to the Economy published
77 Nov 14 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Firemen's strike began (ended in defeat 16 Jan 78)
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