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She won in 1979, then called and won an election in 1983, and did the same thing again in 1987. However, prior to the completion of her last term, she enacted the Poll Tax in the UK, which was a very unpopular community charge. There was also opposition from within her party to her views on the ERM (European Exchange Rate Mechanism, a precursor to the Euro). Finally, the Conservatives were down in the polls to Labour.
There was bickering within the party, and subsequently an internal Conservative leadership challenge by Michael Hesseltine, an MP, which was successful enough to force her to resign. Hesseltine, while able to topple Thatcher, didn't get the top job itself, which went to John Major, who was a supporter of hers. British politics can be quite Machiavellian, as you may have seen recently.
5 years is the longest that any Parliament can sit for under statute law. Before the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was passed by the Coalition Government a PM had the power to decide when to dissolve Parliament and call a General Election. Thatcher had until 1992 to call another election but she was forced to resign in November 1990 after a vote of no confidence in her as Conservative Party leader.
There was a Lib-Lab pact between 1977 and 1978 and more recently the Liberal Democrats formed part of the 2010-2015 Coalition Government with the Conservatives. The Conservatives then won an outright majority at the 2015 General Election.
Put at its simplest the Commons is elected by popular vote whereas the Lords is unelected and depends instead on 90 hereditary peers with the rest made up of Life Peers appointed by the Prime Minister and the leaders of the other parties. Life peerages were introduced in 1958 and as the name suggests they only last while the holder is alive, unlike a hereditary peerage which continues down through a family line from generation to generation.
What are some of the ideals for the Unionist & Labour Parties.
Did I do that right? :D
Cameron and Osborne you mean?
Welcome to the forum! :-bd
a while. ;)
Yes, there's a few of us over here, including @stag.
A belated welcome.