Harold Wilson's resignation

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On 16 March 1976, Prime Minister Harold Wison announced, in an unexpected statement, that he was to resign as soon as the Parliamentary Labour Party had elected a new leader. On 5 April, the Labour Party elected James Callaghan, who then became the new Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson's Second Government

James Callaghan's Government (after September 1976)

The following files can be found on Discovery:

Harold Wilson's resignation (Part one: PREM 16/1072) Go to Discovery to view images

Harold Wilson's resignation (Part two: PREM 16/1073) Go to Discovery to view images