Running for Office

  • Jane S. Jensen


While Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the 1975 contest for the leadership of the British Conservative Party came as somewhat of a surprise to many, it became a cause for celebration for her party’s opponents. One insider described the opposition Labor leaders’ assessment of their party’s electoral prospects with Thatcher in the race when she wrote: “I arrived at the House of Commons just as a meeting of senior Cabinet Members was breaking up. I remember they were all laughing, joking and slapping each other on the shoulders with remarks to the effect that all was now well. ‘That’s it, we’re home and dry,’ was the general tenor. ‘No need to worry about the next election. It’s a foregone conclusion. Well, how could the Tory Party—the Tory Party—possibly win with a woman at the head?”’1


Prime Minister Public Office Personal Attack Election Campaign Party Leader 
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