Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was summoned to Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon (4 May) to take office from Queen Elizabeth as Britain's first woman Prime Minister.
GV: election results being read for Devon North (Jeremy Thorpe's electorate) with Mr Thorpe in background. (2 shots)
OFFICIAL: "Thorpe, John Jeremy Thorpe, Liberal, twenty-three thousand, three-hundred and thirty eight. Two-three-three three eight."
SV: official reads results
CU: Mr Thorpe speaking to reporter.
REPORTER: "Before leaving the count for his North Devon home, Thorpe was asked how he felt about his defeat."
THORPE: "Well I can't say that I'm over the moon. Obviously if you're in politics you're prepared to win or to lose and I've lost. It's been a clean fight, and it's been a very hard fight. Naturally I'm disappointed.....I've had the privilege of representing North Devon for twenty years and I'm sad to see it slip out of Liberal hands, but I regard as a temporary phenomenon."
REPORTER: "Do you feel that you were perhaps ill-advised to continue standing when you could perhaps have stood down and let the law take its course."
THORPE: "I think that would have been lacking totally in courage. I was asked to stand by my party's executive, and I accepted their invitation to stand and I wanted to stand, and I had right to stand. I am an innocent man. I have been charged with an offence and in this country you're innocent until the contrary is established ??? On that basis I fought and my executive has loyally backed me."
Mr Thorpe, former leader of the Liberal Party, faces charges of conspiracy to murder a male model. Norman Scott. His campaign in North Devon was overshadowed by his impending trial. He was easily defeated for the seat of North Devon, by the Conservative candidate Anthony Speller, who polled nearly thirty two thousand votes compared to Mr Thorpe's twenty three thousand three hundred.
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Background: Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher was summoned to Buckingham Palace on Friday afternoon (4 May) to take office from Queen Elizabeth as Britain's first woman Prime Minister. It is just sixty-one years since British women were first allowed to vote. The Conservative Party didn't claim victory in Thursday's (3 May) election until they gained three hundred and eighteen seats, a majority in the six hundred and thirty five seat House of Commons. In a provisional count, the Conservatives gained three hundred and thirty-nine seats, sixty-one more than Labour.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Callaghan's final trip as Prime Minister was a short drive from his official residence at Number Ten Downing Street to Buckingham Palace. He handed in his resignation to Queen Elizabeth after three years in office.
The sixty-seven year old Labour leader left London for his farm in Sussex, England, his political future uncertain.
Then it was Mrs Thatcher's turn at Buckingham Palace where she accepted the office of Prime Minister. She hoped to announce her cabinet within a few days.
Mrs Thatcher met newsmen outside the Prime Minister's residence.
The Liberal Party's greatest loos was that of former leader Jeremy Thorpe, who is facing a charge of conspiracy to ??? murder.