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John Major takes up office as Prime Minister

Title
John Major takes up office as Prime Minister
Genre
News report; Interview; Speech; News bulletin
TX Date
Unknown
Year of production
1990
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Duration
00:03:12
Description
Midday news with Catherine Kelly, who announces that John Major is the new Prime Minister following his meeting with the Queen. Includes John Major making a short speech about his vision for the future; farewell speech by Margaret Thatcher. Also a report by Peter Russell on the decision by Cecil Parkinson not to stand at the next general election and to resign his cabinet post (includes a brief interview). Earlier, Parkinson had fallen from grace following his affair with his personal secretary, Sara Keays.
Contributors
Margaret Thatcher; Cecil Parkinson; John Major; Peter Russell; Catherine Kelly
Keywords
Conservative Party; Political leadership; Queen Elizabeth II; Prime ministers; Cabinet ministers; Resignation (political); Extra-marital sex; Sara Keays

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