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Margaret Thatcher opens the Conservative Party campaign at a press conference with the launch of a manifesto focusing on monetary policy. The election campaign is the subject of much curiosity among foreign journalists, mainly due to the prospect of Britain having a female Prime Minister. (1979)

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Wed 11 Apr 1979 21:00

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The Conservative Party election campaign was delayed by the murder of Airey Neave, shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in an explosion caused by a car bomb on 30 March 1979. Neave was a steadfast supporter of Margaret Thatcher and was known for his tough line on terrorism in Northern Ireland.

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Margaret Thatcher arrives at Downing St, 1979

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