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British Prime Minister Clement Attlee (1883 - 1967) and his wife waving to crowds on their arrival at Transport House, London. 26 July
1945: Churchill loses general election

Clement Attlee is Britain's new prime minister after Labour win a sweeping victory over the Conservatives.


Margaret Thatcher on the steps of Number 10 Downing St 4 May
1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher
The Conservative Party wins the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

John Prescott raising his fist 16 May
2001: Prescott punches protester
Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott punches a man who throws an egg at him during a visit to north Wales.

Clement Attlee on the eve of Labour's victory 24 February
1950: Labour wins slim majority
Clement Attlee returns as prime minister of Britain but with a single-figure majority.

John Major on soapbox with Norma in crowd 30 March
1992: John Major climbs onto his soapbox
Prime Minister John Major gets onto his soapbox to persuade Conservatives to come out and vote.

Elections
10 May 1940: Churchill takes helm as Germans advance

23 Oct 1951: Churchill denies 'warmonger' claims

26 Oct 1951: Churchill wins general election

05 Apr 1955: Sir Winston Churchill resigns

17 May 1955: Eden takes to the airwaves

27 May 1955: Election victory for Tories under Eden

09 Oct 1959: 'Supermac' leads Tories to victory

15 Mar 1962: Liberals seize Orpington

12 Oct 1964: Labour voters are 'bonkers' says Hogg

31 Mar 1966: Harold Wilson wins sweeping victory

13 Mar 1970: Conservative victory in first teen election

01 Jun 1970: British Prime Minister hit by flying egg

19 Jun 1970: Shock election win for Heath

07 Feb 1974: Heath calls snap election over miners

11 Oct 1974: Labour scrapes working majority

11 Feb 1975: Tories choose first woman leader

05 Apr 1976: Callaghan is new prime minister

23 Mar 1977: Government wins no confidence vote

30 Mar 1978: Tories recruit advertisers to win votes

07 Sep 1978: Callaghan accused of running scared

28 Mar 1979: Early election as Callaghan defeated

10 Nov 1980: Michael Foot is new Labour leader

21 Oct 1982: Sinn Fein triumph in elections

09 Jun 1983: Thatcher wins landslide victory

11 Jun 1987: Thatcher wins record third term

05 Dec 1989: Thatcher beats off leadership rival

20 Nov 1990: Thatcher fails to win party mandate

13 Apr 1992: Labour's Neil Kinnock resigns

17 Sep 1993: Shock as racist wins council seat

21 Jul 1994: Labour chooses Blair

04 Jul 1995: Major wins Conservative leadership

08 Apr 1997: BBC TV newsman turns politician

13 Sep 2001: Duncan Smith is new Tory leader

05 May 2005: Blair secures historic third term

06 Dec 2005: David Cameron is new Tory leader
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