A Victorious Margaret Thatcher

5 May 1979 - A new era as Conservatives win election.

Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister. Most historians and commentators agree that the election of Margaret Thatcher marked a break in post-war British history. The Conservatives win 339 seats (43.9% of the vote), giving them a clear majority over Labour with only 269.

The film shows Mrs Thatcher arriving at Downing Street to take over from James Callaghan after her party winning an overall majority of 43 seats. She inherits a country that had seen strikes, high interest rates and inflation due to Labour policies. Mrs T. from the steps of Number 10, quotes from St Francis of Assisi: "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope." A very fitting start for a country that would see real change due to the vision Margaret Thatcher brought to the table.

 

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister for over a decade, until her forced resignation on 22 November 1990.