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CLIP 13835

1979: The arrival of Thatcherism and the new UK politics (short)

1979: The arrival of Thatcherism and the new UK politics (short)

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Key Info
  • 1979: The arrival of Thatcherism and the new UK politics (short)
  • Duration: 02:39
  • Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister in Britain, entering Downing Street on May 4 1979 amid cheers and jeers from the assembled crowd. In an interview with a BBC reporter, Mrs Thatcher discusses her excitement at beginning her premiership and an awareness for the responsibilities the job holds. She famously quotes St Francis of Assisi and recalls Airey Neave with the words “there is work to be done”, before speaking about the influence of her father. This is a short version of the original news broadcast and provides an insight into the coverage of the event and the reactions of the crowd to the new Prime Minister. The shorter version is available on clip 15598. First broadcast May 4 1979.
  • Subject:



    Women's History: Post-1850

  • Keywords: Tory, Conservative, Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher, leadership, 1970s, politics, Prime Minister
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could use this to assemble a timeline of the social and political progress of women, from gaining the vote in 1918 to achieving the highest Office of State in 1979.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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