Little Local Difficulties Revisited: Peter Thorneycroft, the 1958 Treasury Resignations and the Origins of Thatcherism

  title={Little Local Difficulties Revisited: Peter Thorneycroft, the 1958 Treasury Resignations and the Origins of Thatcherism},
  author={Chris Cooper},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={227 - 250}
  • C. Cooper
  • Published 19 April 2011
  • Economics
  • Contemporary British History
This article re-assesses the resignation of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Peter Thorneycroft, and his two junior ministers in January 1958 in terms of the importance of this event in the pre-history of Thatcherism. It does so by considering Thorneycroft's political career as a whole, arguing that, throughout his time in public life, he showed characteristics that were more in tune with the New Right Conservatism of the 1980s than with the One Nation Toryism that held sway for a generation after… 
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