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History Taster Lecture

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New College of the Humanities

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History Taster Lecture

'The Crisis of the Conservative Party and the Birth of Thatcherism'

This event is part of our taster lecture series and will be delivered by Dr Edmund Neill, Lecturer in Modern History at New College of the Humanities.

We look forward to welcoming current Year 12 and Year 13 students who are interested in studying History at degree level.

If you are a school teacher and would like to bring a bigger group, then please email us on info@nchlondon.ac.uk for group bookings.

Please arrive from 18.15. The event itself will start at 18.30 and finish at around 19.30.

"In 1979, the Conservative Party in Britain led by Margaret Thatcher won an emphatic election victory after a wave of trade union strikes, commonly known as the ‘Winter of Discontent’, paralysed the country and helped to keep the Labour Party out of power until 1997. In retrospect, it is often assumed that the Conservatives’ electoral success and the free market policies that Margaret Thatcher’s government initiated were all but inevitable. But in the mid-1970s it all looked very different. The Conservative Party, demoralized after losing four elections out of five, worried that the electorate was becoming increasingly ‘proletarianized’ and that its new leader was ineffective, too associated with the south of England, too middle-class, and just too drearily earnest to win. This talk examines how the Conservative Party and conservative intellectuals responded – highlighting the development of policies that were enacted in the 1980s, but also those that were floated but not pursued."

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