On this day……9th January

9th January

1986:

The Defence Secretary, Michael Heseltine, resigned after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland affair.  “If the basis of trust between the Prime Minister and her Defence Secretary no longer exists, there is no place for me with honour in such a Cabinet.” Mr Heseltine was a lone wolf backing a European consortium’s rescue package,  while the Iron lady favoured the deal being proposed by the American Sikorski Fiat group. Forever the drama queen and the consummate rebel politician, Heseltine got sacked 30 years later, this time by the woman of steel,  when he led a revolt against Brexit.

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