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Margaret Thatcher: storming the citadel

Kwasi Kwarteng explains how Thatcher saved her premiership in 1981

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Margaret Thatcher In London On February 11th 1975. © Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

“Thatcher’s Trial”, a new book by the Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng, is about a “leader beset by troubles.” In February 1981, faced with the threat of a nationwide strike by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Margaret Thatcher’s government withdrew its plans to close 23 pits. After David Howell, the Energy Secretary, announced a range…

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