John Major's rapid rise to power has left people of all political persuasions asking, "Who is the Prime Minister?". This book provides the answer. It tells the story of Major's political career as it developed, in the words of the journalists who wrote about him all the time. All the articles - from both the national and the regional press - represent the original coverage of events as they happened, viewed both from Fleet Street and from Major's Cambridgeshire constituency. From Major's entry into Parliament in 1979 as MP for Huntingdon, through his first ministerial appointment, in the Department of Health in 1985, to his sudden elevation to the premiership in 1990, all the details are here: the facts and the figures, the campaigns and the policies, the modest successes and the blazing triumphs. Reports and features covering his early life, his political infancy as a Lambeth councillor and his initial attempts to win a parlimentary seat in the general election of 1974 are also included. Illustrated with 60 photographs spanning the full eleven and a half years of his parliamentary career, this book is enlivened by newspaper headlines and Press Association timed newsflashes.
It provides an assessment of the man whose meteoric ascent through the House of Commons has made him the nation's youngest Prime Minister since Lord Rosebery.show more