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Sir Edward Heath with women MPs, including Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven

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Sir Edward Heath with women MPs, including Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 30 June 1970
7 1/4 in. x 10 in. (185 mm x 253 mm) image size
Purchased, 2013
Photographs Collection
NPG x137601

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Edward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.

Art and science

Germaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.

International

Four aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.

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09 June 2017, 17:11

Thirteen of the fifteen Conservative women MPs elected were photographed with Ted Heath less than two weeks after the election. Clearly Margaret Thatcher to the left and nearly obscured totally seen to the right of Thatcher is Dame Irene Ward. Sally Oppenheim is the person in the light coat just behind the lady with the white handbag. To the right of Ted Heath Elaine Kennett has the light dress and cameo necklace with Janet Fookes facing left. On the right hand side Joan Quennell is third from right and Peggy Fenner is on the extreme right hand side of the picture.

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