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The real reason Margaret Thatcher was brought down

The final volume of Margaret Thatcher’s official biography is a brilliant Westminster drama but misses the European dimension

By Anthony Teasdale   December 2019

Eyes to the left: Margaret Thatcher watched by Geoffrey Howe at the Tory Party conference in 1990, a month before her fall from power. Photo: © SLATER/MIRRORPIX VIA GETTY IMAGES

I received a warning, in early 1988, on what was virtually day one of my new job. I had become special adviser to the man who was then Margaret Thatcher’s foreign secretary, would soon be her deputy, and was ultimately her political nemesis: Geoffrey Howe. “There’s one thing you need to know about this government,” my opposite number in another…

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