How Far Did ‘Luck’ Play a Part in Margaret Thatcher’s Leadership Election Victory of 1975?
As is typical of history, Margaret Thatcher’s leadership election victory of 1975 has produced many differing views from historians on the extent of Margaret Thatcher’s good fortune in her ascent to power within the Conservative Party. The central focus of the debate is whether her election had mainly been due to luck- events that she had no real control over and had ‘fallen her way’, or whether, although some luck may have been involved, it had mainly been Thatcher’s own personal attributes and doing that allowed her to gain an unexpected majority over Ted Heath.
Andrew Marr focuses predominately on ideological transitions within the …show more content…
Thatcher’s personal and political qualities had certainly been instrumental in her success, whatever the political events surrounding her. After all, Marr’s assertion that Thatcher won mainly due to amassing Joseph’s popularity raises the question why it wasn’t any ordinary MP that had won the election. Thatcher obviously had to distinguish herself in one way or another. John Charmley follows this line of argument, and focuses on the bravery of Thatcher- her decision to risk the consignment of her career to the scrapheap and to force a leadership contest had