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10 November 2010

Introducing Thatcher Week

It was 20 years ago this month.

By Jon Bernstein

In the issue out tomorrow, we mark the 20th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s departure from Downing Street with contributions from Roy Hattersley, Norman Lamont, John Sergeant and Geoffrey Howe (see a sneak preview of the cover here).

We’ve also got a great counterfactual history from Dominic Sandbrook, who uses his regular column to pose the question: “What if . . . Thatcher had stayed on?”

Over the next seven days we’ll carry the pick of our Margaret Thatcher coverage from the archive, plus a few new pieces written exclusively for the web. Imaginatively, we’re calling it Thatcher Week.

We start with the ten moments that defined the Iron Lady’s 11 years in office:

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1. Thatcher enters 10 Downing Street | 4 May 1979

2. First party conference as PM | 10 October 1980

3. The recapture of South Georgia | 25 April 1982

4. The Battle of Orgreave | 18 June 1984

5. The Brighton bombing | 12 October 1984

6. Thatcher meets Gorbachev | 16 December 1984

7. Heseltine resigns | 9 January 1986

8. The Battle of Trafalgar | 31 March 1990

9. Gulf war advice to Bush | 3 August 1990

10. The resignation speech | 28 November 1990