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19 April 1983: 'Frightened! Frit!'


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A relatively humdrum Commons exchange on inflation descended into chaos as deputy Labour leader Denis Healey advises Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to "cut and run".

The intervention, made from a sedentary position since it is opposition leader Michael Foot asking the questions, prompted a rare loss of composure from Mrs Thatcher, who accused Mr Healey of being "frightened!" and, more colloquially, "frit!" of the prospect of an election.

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