With apologies to our younger readers but can you believe it? It’s been seventeen years since Margaret Thatcher won the support of 204 MPs and Michael Heseltine won 152 votes. In many ways it seems like yesterday to me. The 52 majority wasn’t enough to end the attempt to oust her and a few days later Margaret Thatcher resigned. Watch the BBC News report her resignation here but the video below records John Sergeant’s reflections on the Iron Lady – including that famous Paris scene where she reacts to her failure to win the first ballot decisively.
The Cabinet and the Customs Union. Davis could join Johnson and Fox in resigning. Gove might well stay. And watch Williamson.
Is the Home Office blunderingly incompetent, or deliberately obstructive? Bad news: it’s a combination of both.
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