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The British tradition of minority government

Timothy Noël Peacock


Conservative plans for a coalition government, a snap General Election, Prime Ministers considering whether to resign after an electoral or referendum defeat, and the contemplation of both Labour and Conservative deals with the Liberals, SNP and Northern Ireland Unionist parties, are all aspects readily identifiable in British politics since 2010, and once again following the hung parliament in June 2017. However, secret plans for all these different scenarios were drawn up by British political leaders and advisers in the 1970s. These documents challenge the mythology that dominates historical ... More

Keywords: Minority Government, 1970s, Myth, Coalition, Wilson, Callaghan, Election, 2017, Labour, Conservative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526123268
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526123268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Noël Peacock, author
Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow