Revisiting Margaret Thatcher's Resignation

In 1990 Margaret Thatcher was rapidly losing the confidence of the Conservative Party after eleven and a half years as PM. She had been elected on 4th May 1979. Several factors contributed to her resignation on the 22 November 1990. The poll tax she introduced resulted in widespread protests which degenerated into riots. By 1990 the PM’s increasing Euroscepticism alienated Conservative party power brokers even further. When Michael Heseltine actually challenged her she resigned, creating an opportunity for John Major to prevail as the new PM. He abolished the poll tax in 1991.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Robin Harris, Not For Turning, The Life of Margaret Thatcher, Thomas Dunne Books, 2013
  • Charles Moore, Margaret Thatcher, The Authorised Biography, parts 1 and 2, Allen and Lane, 2015


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Outline of PM Thatcher’s achievements and controversial issues from 1979-1990
  • Factors which combined to force her resignation in November 1990 including the failure of the poll tax, her increasing authoritarianism, increasing hostility from her own Cabinet and the wider Conservative party and her own hostility towards the EU
  • Events of November 1990 surrounding the resignation and the leadership content to replace her as PM
  • Later career post 1990 including Mrs Thatcher’s resignation from the House of Commons in 1992


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the key events and circumstances which led to the resignation of the longest serving PM of the UK in the 20th Century.
  2. Discuss which factors were the most significant in the resignation.
  3. Evaluate the legacy of such a controversial P M and political leader.
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