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The way we were: how Prime Ministers used to resign

Accounts from Harold Wilson, Stanley Baldwin and the men who knew them

By Ian Irvine   January 2018

A plaque to Stanley Baldwin in Bewdley. Photo: Wikimedia commons

Stanley Baldwin

In his diary on 10th December 1936, the Labour MP Harold Nicolson described Stanley Baldwin’s announcement to the Commons of Edward VIII’s abdication, which soon set in train Baldwin’s exit:

“The prime minister rises. He tells the whole story… The ‘Hear, Hears!’ echo solemnly like Amens. There is no moment when he… indulges in oratory. There is an intense silence broken only by the reporters in the gallery scuttling away to telephone the speech paragraph by paragraph. I…

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