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Description

High oil prices and the strength of the British pound made products expensive to make and export. The Scottish car industry struggled to compete with foreign manufacturers and the Linwood factory finally closed in 1981.
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First broadcast:
3 February 2005

Classroom Ideas

Closure of the Linwood car manufacturing plant was an example of Margaret Thatcher's policy not to subsidise failing industries in order to support jobs. Students could draw up an illustrated timeline showing her government's key policies from 1979-1990 and use it to consider the extent of social change they brought about.