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Files from 1983 released as 20-year rule transition begins
01 August 2013
Hundreds of files from 1983 have been released to The National Archives today as the government begins the ten-year transition to a 20-year rule, down from 30 years, for transfer and release.
Two years' worth of government records will be released every year until 2022 and files from 1984 will be released by December. Read more about the 20-year rule.
The latest files detail the end of Mrs Thatcher's first term in office as victory in the Falklands War helped propel her to a second successive election triumph in June 1983.
At home, the Prime Minister faced an uncertain economic outlook while the US-led invasion of Grenada was one of a number of foreign policy challenges that year. The Cold War became colder with the arrival of American cruise missiles in Greenham Common amid a general deterioration in East-West relations.
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