Callaghan Labour Government Loses No-Confidence Vote In UK

The British Labour government led by Prime Minister James Callaghan was defeated in a vote of confidence in the House of Commons on March 28, 1979.

Callaghan immediately announced he would call a general election.

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party won the May 3 election with a majority of 44 seats in the 635-member House of Commons. Thatcher was Prime Minister until the end of November 1990.

  • Listen to the announcement of the vote in the Commons:
  • Prime Minister James Callaghan: “We shall take our case to the country”
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