The 1979 General Election – the three rivals


Three names you may wish you could forget – Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and David Steel. The leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and Liberals respectively. Callaghan was the embattled Prime Minister looking at a sea change in politics in the UK and US that favored the political right. Little David Steel – now Lord Steel – had been propping up Labour in power since 1977 but both him and Jim were about to be defeated by Thatcher.

Steel (left), Thatcher (centre) and Callaghan (right)
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