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24 Feb 1950: Labour wins slim majority

26 Oct 1951: Churchill wins general election

05 Apr 1955: Sir Winston Churchill resigns

27 May 1955: Election victory for Tories under Eden

07 Dec 1955: Attlee steps down as Labour leader

09 Jan 1957: Sir Anthony Eden resigns

10 Jan 1957: Macmillan becomes Prime Minister

20 Jul 1957: Britons 'have never had it so good'

09 Oct 1959: 'Supermac' leads Tories to victory

15 Mar 1962: Liberals seize Orpington

18 Jan 1963: Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies

27 Jul 1965: Heath is new Tory leader

13 Mar 1970: Conservative victory in first teen election

19 Jun 1970: Shock election win for Heath

11 Oct 1974: Labour scrapes working majority

26 Apr 1975: Labour votes to leave the EEC

16 Mar 1976: Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns

05 Apr 1976: Callaghan is new prime minister

07 Apr 1976: Government crisis as Stonehouse quits

30 Mar 1978: Tories recruit advertisers to win votes

14 Dec 1978: Labour faces vote of confidence

28 Mar 1979: Early election as Callaghan defeated

04 May 1979: Election victory for Margaret Thatcher

10 Oct 1980: Thatcher 'not for turning'

10 Nov 1980: Michael Foot is new Labour leader

25 Jan 1981: Dissident Labour MPs plan new party

26 Mar 1981: 'Gang of four' launches new party

18 Feb 1981: Thatcher gives in to miners

09 Jun 1983: Thatcher wins landslide victory

02 Oct 1983: 'Dream ticket' wins Labour leadership

12 Oct 1984: Tory Cabinet in Brighton bomb blast

27 Nov 1985: Kinnock moves against Militant

12 Jun 1986: Labour expels Militant Hatton

11 Jun 1987: Thatcher wins record third term

06 Aug 1987: David Owen resigns as leader of SDP

27 Aug 1987: Maclennan replaces Owen in SDP

28 Jul 1988: Ashdown to lead Britain's third party

05 Dec 1989: Thatcher beats off leadership rival

18 Dec 1989: Labour's union U-turn

20 Jun 1990: Major proposes new Euro currency

20 Nov 1990: Thatcher fails to win party mandate

22 Nov 1990: Thatcher quits as prime minister

27 Nov 1990: Tories choose Major for Number 10

28 Jun 1991: Thatcher to retire from Commons

13 Apr 1992: Labour's Neil Kinnock resigns

12 May 1994: Labour leader John Smith dies at 55

21 Jul 1994: Labour chooses Blair

04 Jul 1995: Major wins Conservative leadership

19 May 1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship

10 May 1998: Sinn Fein backs peace deal

09 Aug 1999: Kennedy wins Lib Dem leadership

25 Mar 2000: Trimble narrowly wins leadership challenge

16 Jul 2001: Rebel MPs defeat the government

13 Sep 2001: Duncan Smith is new Tory leader

29 Oct 2003: Tory Party leader resigns

06 Dec 2005: David Cameron is new Tory leader
 
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