• Short Summary

    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.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC6M8OL07O3CNSJ8GAYZRFK8N9
    Media URN:
    VLVAC6M8OL07O3CNSJ8GAYZRFK8N9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A
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    U.K.: CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER MARGARET THATCHER IS EUROPE'S FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER AFTER HER PARTY DEFEATS LABOUR GOVERNMENT.

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