The New Conservatism

  • Eric Caines


Chapter 7 analyses the definition of ‘The New Conservatism’ as presented by Nigel Lawson in 1980. It also outlines the opposition to it among the majority of the Thatcher Shadow Cabinet, as articulated particularly in the writings of Iain Gilmour. Lawson describes the justification for, and the processes by which, the new ideas about the handling of economic affairs were introduced into the Party’s thinking after the February 1974 election defeat and increasingly after Margaret Thatcher’s election as leader in March 1975.

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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