Saturday, 28 March 2009

1979-the night the government fell

The BBC parliament channel has tonight carried an evening remembering the night in 1979 when the Labour government lost a vote of confidence by one vote.

One gem was the discussion chaired by Robin Day and involving Michael Foot, Francis Pym and John Pardoe. I had forgotten just how formidable a debater Pardoe was. These were difficult times for the party in the aftermath of the Lab/Lab but Pardoe more than held his own and effectively promoted the Liberal case.

At the time of the debate I was helping at the Edge Hill by election which was held the next day and which we resoundingly won defeating the Labour party.