Britain Aiming for Three Straight

Thatcher's Conservatives get ready for new elections in June

Raucous shouting rocked Parliament in spirited exchanges over good economic news and the likelihood of an impending general election. Party leaders and Cabinet ministers turned their thoughts to clearing their appointment calendars and hiring campaign planes, buses and walkie-talkies, while workers distributed campaign posters and thousands of beribboned lapel rosettes in Tory blue, Labor red and Alliance gold. Buckingham Palace was alerted that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher might suddenly seek an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.

As the results of local elections poured in, election fever gripped Britons. Although the 61-year-old Prime Minister is not required to call a general election...

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