British politics

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21/12/1804
United Kingdom Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is born
13/02/1849
United Kingdom English politician Lord Randolph Churchill is born
18/03/1869
United Kingdom Neville Chamberlain is born
03/01/1883
United Kingdom Clement Attlee, British prime minister from 1945 to 1951, is born
12/06/1897
United Kingdom Anthony Eden is born in County Durham.
13/05/1901
United Kingdom Lord Salisbury firmly rules out self government for Ireland
11/03/1916
United Kingdom Harold Wilson is born
09/07/1916
United Kingdom Edward Heath is born.
13/10/1925
United Kingdom British Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is born
28/05/1937
United Kingdom Neville Chamberlain becomes prime minister of Britain.
15/09/1938
Germany Neville Chamberlain meets Adolf Hitler to negotiate a compromise over Germany's ambitions in europe.
29/09/1938
Germany British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Frenc Prime Minister Edouard Daladier, Italian leader Benito Mussolini and German leader Adolf Hitler sign the Munich agreement ceding Sudetenland to Germany.
30/09/1938
United Kingdom British prime minister Neville Chamberlain returns to the UK and announces that the Munich agreement brings "Peace in our Time".
09/11/1940
United Kingdom British prime minister Neville Chamberlain dies.
05/07/1945
United Kingdom Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is defeated in the general election which is won by the Labour Party lead by Clement Attlee.
24/02/1950
United Kingdom Clement Attlee returns as prime minister of Britain but with a single-figure majority.
26/10/1951
United Kingdom The Conservative Party wins the general election by a small margin returning Sir Winston Churchill to the role of prime minister for a second time.
24/04/1953
United Kingdom Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
06/05/1954
United Kingdom Tony Blair is born.
05/04/1955
United Kingdom Sir Winston Churchill resigns as prime minister of Britain due to failing health.
07/12/1955
United Kingdom Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party opposition in the commons. He will accept a peerage and continue his Labour Party work in the House of Lords
09/01/1957
United Kingdom Sir Anthony Eden resigns as prime minister of Britain due to ill health after one year and 279 days in the post.
10/01/1957
United Kingdom Harold Macmillan accepts the Queen's invitation to become prime minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.
18/01/1963
United Kingdom Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies after a sudden deterioration in his heart condition.
22/03/1963
United Kingdom The Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, denies any impropriety with Christine Keeler.
27/03/1963
United Kingdom Dr Richard Beeching issues his first report calling for closure of one third of Britain's 7,000 railway stations.
05/09/1963
United Kingdom Christine Keeler is arrested and charged with perjury.
18/10/1963
United Kingdom Alec Douglas-Home becomes Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
23/12/1964
United Kingdom The government announces that Dr Richard Beeching is to leave the British Railways Board and return to ICI.
15/01/1965
United Kingdom Sir Winston Churchill is gravely ill after suffering a stroke
24/01/1965
United Kingdom Sir Winston Churchill has dies at the age of 90 with his wife Lady Clementine Churchill and family at his bedside.
30/01/1965
United Kingdom Thousands of people pay their last respects to Britain's greatest wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill who is buried today after a full state funeral.
16/02/1965
United Kingdom A second report from British Railways Board chairman Dr Richard Beeching outlines transport needs for the next 25 years
28/07/1965
United Kingdom Edward Heath becomes leader of the Conservative Party.
31/03/1966
United Kingdom Labour's Harold Wilson is on course to win the general election with a majority of about 100 seats in the House of Commons.
18/01/1967
United Kingdom Jeremy Thorpe becomes the new leader of the Liberal Party in Britain
11/10/1967
United Kingdom Harold Wilson and the Labour Party scrape a victory in the general election.
20/04/1968
United Kingdom The Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell, has made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government's immigration policy.
16/12/1969
United Kingdom British members of parliament vote by a large majority to remove the death penatly as punishment for murder.
16/04/1970
United Kingdom Protestant right-winger Ian Paisley wins a seat in Northern Ireland's parliament.
19/06/1970
United Kingdom Edward Heath becomes the new British prime minister after a surprise victory for the Conservatives in the general election.
22/12/1974
United Kingdom The London home of former prime minister Edward Heath is bombed, the IRA is believed to have been responsible for the bombing.
11/02/1975
United Kingdom The British Conservative Party chooses Margaret Thatcher as its new leader
16/03/1976
United Kingdom Harold Wilson, Labour leader for 13 years and Prime Minister for almost eight, announces his resignation to a shocked nation.
05/04/1976
United Kingdom James Callaghan wins the Labour leadership contest and takes over at Number 10 Downing Street.
09/04/1976
United Kingdom The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, is acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays bank.
14/06/1976
United Kingdom Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson receives a knighthood.
14/01/1977
United Kingdom Anthony Eden dies.
10/01/1979
United Kingdom The Prime Minister, James Callaghan, flies back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations the country is in chaos.
28/03/1979
United Kingdom Prime Minister James Callaghan loses a parliamentary vote of confidence by a minority of one - forcing him to call an early general election.
30/03/1979
United Kingdom Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.
25/01/1981
United Kingdom Four ex members of the Labour Party form a new party in british politics - the Social Democrats
18/02/1981
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Government withdraws plans to close 23 pits in its first major U-turn since coming to power two years earlier.
09/06/1983
United Kingdom The Conservative Party led by Margaret Thatcher win the general election with a large majority
02/10/1983
United Kingdom Neil Kinnock becomes leader of the Labour Party
12/10/1984
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher survives an IRA bomb attack at the Conservative Party conference in Brighton
09/01/1986
United Kingdom Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.
12/06/1987
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher sweeps to victory in general election with massive parliamentary majority
05/12/1989
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher defeats Sir Anthony Meyer to retain the leadership of the Conservative Party
20/11/1990
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher fails to win outright victory in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.
22/11/1990
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher steps down as leader of the Conservative Party when her cabinet refuse to support her.
27/11/1990
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher resigns as it becomes clear that she cannot defeat her chief rival for the Conservative Party leadership, Michael Heseltine. John Major succedes her as leader, having been elected by the Conservative Party caucus
28/11/1990
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher formally tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II and leaves Downing Street for the last time.
13/04/1992
United Kingdom Neil Kinnock resigns as Labour Party leader blaming the Conservative-backed press for his party's defeat at the general election.
27/04/1992
United Kingdom The House of Commons elects a woman, Betty Boothroyd, to the post of Speaker for the first time in its 700 year history
30/06/1992
United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
13/10/1992
United Kingdom President of the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine announces that 31 of the remaining 50 deep coal mines will close with a loss of 31,000 mining jobs.
21/07/1994
United Kingdom Tony Blair is elected leader of the Labour Party, replacing John Smith who died of a heart attack.
24/05/1995
United Kingdom Harold Wilson dies aged 79.
04/07/1995
United Kingdom John Major is re-elected as leader of the Conservative Party having resigned to test the extent of his support amongst MPs.
08/04/1997
United Kingdom Veteran war reporter Martin Bell vows to defeat disgraced Conservative MP Neil Hamilton in the battle for Tatton.
02/05/1997
United Kingdom At the age of 44, Tony Blair becomes the Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
19/06/1997
United Kingdom William Hague becomes the youngest leader of the Conservative Party in 200 years
24/01/2001
United Kingdom Peter Mandelson resigns from the Cabinet over a passports-for-cash scandal.
08/06/2001
United Kingdom British Prime Minister Tony Blair is elected for a second term following a landslide victory.
28/09/2002
United Kingdom Edwina Currie reveals that she had an affair with former Prime Minister John Major.
29/10/2003
United Kingdom Iain Duncan Smith resigns as leader of the Conservative Party following a vote of no confidence.
05/05/2005
United Kingdom British Prime Minister Tony Blair is elected for a third term but with a drasticaly reduced majority.
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