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The Alternative Prime Minister

David Dimbleby chairs a discussion with opposition leader Margaret Thatcher, who outlines the policies she hopes will win her party the next election.

Joined by representatives of the press, David Dimbleby chairs a discussion in which Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher outlines the policies she hopes will win her party the next election. She expresses her belief that trade unionism is a 'minority interest' and voices support for those individuals who have 'run the gauntlet' to cross picket lines. She also stresses the need to preserve the freedom of the individual and the generation of wealth through freer enterprise and less taxation.

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Did You Know?

A general election seemed likely in 1977, since the Labour government had lost its overall majority in Parliament. However, Labour made a 'Lib-Lab Pact', in which Liberal Party MPs agreed to vote with the government. A general election was called after the government lost a 'no-confidence' vote two years later.

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