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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
76 Apr 5 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan elected Labour leader; became Prime Minister
76 Apr 7 We Info Only Key [Chronology] Government lost its majority (Stonehouse resigned whip)
76 May 5 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Stage II of pay policy agreed with TUC
76 May 6 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Local elections: large Conservative gains (1800+)
76 May 10 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Thorpe resigned as Liberal leader over Scott affair
76 May 26 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Wilson's resignation honours list published; scandal
76 May 27 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Heseltine mace incident (government whip broke pair)
76 May 28 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Opposition withdrew cooperation over Commons business
76 Jun 7 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] UK given $5,300m standby credit by Bank of International Settlements
76 Jun 22 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Government conceded in pairing dispute; cooperation resumed
76 Jul 7 We Info Only Major [Chronology] David Steel elected Liberal leader
76 Jul 22 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Public expenditure cuts of 1,000m
76 Aug 2 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Government lost Tameside case in House of Lords
76 Aug 30 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Riot at Notting Hill carnival
76 Sep 28 Tu Info Only Key [Chronology] Sterling crisis resumed: Healey turned back from Heathrow
76 Oct 4 Mo Full Text Key [Chronology] The Right Approach published
76 Nov 1 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] IMF team arrived in Britain
76 Nov 2 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] US: Carter won presidential election
76 Nov 4 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Walsall North and Workington by-elections: Labour lost to Conservatives
76 Nov 19 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Shadow reshuffle: Maudling dropped (replaced by John Davies)
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)
77 Nov 19 Sa Info Only Major [Chronology] Egypt/Israeli accord: Sadat visited Jerusalem
77 Nov 29 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Amnesty for illegal immigrants before 1 Jan 1976
77 Dec 13 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: European elections; Government proposal of PR rejected
78 Jan 25 We Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Cunningham amendment (40 per cent threshold for devolution)
78 Mar 3 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Rhodesia: "internal settlement" (Muzorewa joined Smith Government)
78 Mar 16 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Italy: kidnap of Aldo Moro (found dead 9 May)
78 May 8 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Opposition amendment carried reducing basic rate by 1p
78 May 10 We Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: second Finance Bill defeat for Government
78 May 25 Th Full Text Major [Chronology] Steel announced end of Lib-Lab Pact after Parliamentary session
78 Jul 7 Fr Full Text Major [Chronology] Bremen European Council: decision to establish EMS
78 Jul 21 Fr Full Text Key [Chronology] Stage 3 White Paper: 5 per cent pay guideline
78 Aug 4 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Thorpe and three others charged with conspiracy to murder
78 Sep 5 Tu Full Text Major [Chronology] Callaghan teased TUC about election dates ("waiting at the church")
78 Sep 7 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan surprise broadcast: no autumn General Election
78 Sep 21 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Ford strike: settled 2 Nov over 5 per cent limit
78 Oct 2 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] Labour Conference (ended 6 Oct): rejected pay policy
78 Oct 10 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Conservative Conference (till 14 Oct): disputes over pay policy
78 Nov 8 We Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: 114 Conservatives defied the whip (Rhodesian sanctions)
78 Nov 15 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Reshuffle: Pym replaced John Davies as shadow Foreign Secretary
78 Nov 27 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] MT met Ronald Reagan for the second time (or possibly the third)
78 Nov 28 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Government announced sanctions against Ford for breaching pay policy
78 Dec 12 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Public sector unions rejected Stage 3
78 Dec 13 We Info Only Major [Chronology] HC: Government defeated on Ford sanctions
79 Jan 3 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Lorry drivers’ strike began; "Winter of Discontent" peaking
79 Jan 10 We Full Text Key [Chronology] Callaghan's return from Guadelope Summit: "Crisis, What Crisis?" ( Sun )
79 Jan 16 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] Iran: Shah fled the country; Khomeini returned from exile, 2 Feb
79 Jan 22 Mo Info Only Major [Chronology] 1m local authority workers' "Day of Action"
79 Feb 23 Fr Info Only Major [Chronology] Government-TUC "Concordat"
79 Mar 1 Th Info Only Major [Chronology] Devolution referendums: devolution defeated
79 Mar 13 Tu Info Only Major [Chronology] EMS came into operation
79 Mar 28 We Full Text Key [Chronology] HC: Government fell
79 Mar 29 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election announced for 3 May
79 Mar 30 Fr Info Only Key [Chronology] Airey Neave murdered by INLA
79 Apr 11 We Info Only Major [Chronology] Southall riot
79 May 3 Th Full Text Key [Chronology] General Election: Conservative victory (43 majority)
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