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Comrade TruthTeller's Infobox, Graphics & Stuff Thread

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I haven't posted any of the infoboxes that I have made over the last ten months, and as 99% of them are British infoboxes, they should hopefully be of interest to many members of this forum.

To start with, here's a Thatcher comeback.

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Going against doctor's advice, Margaret Thatcher wants to have an active role in politics again and decides to renounce her peerage in 2001 in order to take a seat in Parliament.

John Major, who succeeded Margaret Thatcher as Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, was standing down from the House of Commons in the 2001 election, and so Thatcher wants to become the next Conservative Party candidate for Huntingdon. She manages to get the candidacy and wins the seat with a higher Conservative vote count than IOTL.

William Hague, the Conservative Party leader from 1997 who succeeded Major, resigns the leadership after only managing a net gain of one seat in the election. The Conservatives elect Iain Duncan Smith to succeed him, as they do IOTL. Just like our timeline, the Conservatives soon realise that Duncan Smith will fail to win the next election so badly that the Tories may end up losing seats.

The vote of no confidence in Iain Duncan Smith passes, and he is forced out of his position, but not before the next leader is elected. Michael Howard runs for the Leadership of the Party, but so does Mrs Thatcher. Against all the odds, by the final ballot, Margaret Thatcher wins the leadership for the second time, regaining the leadership 30 years after she was first elected.

She becomes the Leader of the Opposition for the second time, and despite stating that "The Prime Minister has shown strong, bold leadership; standing strong together with President Bush', she pledged that she would strike harder against opposition forces.

Surprisingly, these words seemed to work in the environment of a massively Labour dominated Parliament, and in 2005 the Conservatives managed to win a majority of 6. Tony Blair attempts to stay on as Labour Leader and Leader of the Opposition, but he is soon replaced by John Prescott.

Thatcher becomes one of the oldest elected Prime Ministers in history at the age of 79, and, after leading the Conservatives to a shock second victory in 2009 by a majority of 30, she becomes the oldest elected British Prime Minister, at the age of 83. It is worth mentioning after this election result John Prescott resigns as Labour leader and is replaced by David Miliband. A year after this victory, Thatcher appoints George Osborne as her Deputy Prime Minister.

Thatcher was preparing for the 2013 General election, where, just a month before the election, in April 2013, she suffers a fatal stroke at the age of 87. If elected, she would have been one of the oldest democratically elected leaders in history. An emergency leadership election is held, with George Osborne becoming Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister the day after, unopposed.
 

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The first infobox I ever made.

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After getting sacked from the BBC, Clarkson runs in the Doncaster North constituency. Instead of running as an independent, he runs as the Conservative party candidate, managing to replace Mark Fletcher for the Tory candidacy with short notice. He somehow manages to defeat the incumbent, Labour Leader and Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, and after the Conservatives get their majority of 13, Cameron names him Transport Secretary, replacing Patrick McLoughlin who goes to a cabinet post previously held by a Liberal Democrat in the coalition.

The promised EU referendum still happens, and Clarkson campaigns for remain with his former Top Gear colleagues, Richard Hammond and James May. Britain however still votes for leave, and Cameron announces his resignation as Leader of the Conservatives.

Clarkson announces his candidacy for the leadership, and gets surprisingly good results in the first ballot. He comes in third place behind Leadsom and May, resulting in Michael Gove becoming an additional casualty of the first ballot instead of the second ballot. Gove, Crabb, and Fox, all surprisingly endorse Clarkson. The second ballot then occurs, with Clarkson coming in first, with Leadsom second and May third, and May is eliminated. Clarkson's lead over Leadsom is decisive, and as with our timeline, Leadsom withdraws from the leadership contest, leaving Clarkson as the new Leader of the Conservative Party.

Cameron attends his last Prime Minister's Question Time on the day of his coming resignation, as he does IOTL, where UUP MP Danny Kinahan remarks; "I am told that there are lots of leadership roles out there at the moment—there is the England football team... and Top Gear; although, if he does choose the latter, he'll be replacing his successor in this House, the Member for Doncaster North!" This remark is met with laughter and some cheering from both sides, including from Clarkson.

After attending his last Prime Minister's Questions, and his last press statement from Number 10, he goes to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen, where he advises her to send for Jeremy Clarkson to become the new Prime Minister. Clarkson heads to Buckingham Palace, where he accepts the Queen's offer to form a government.

PM Clarkson then heads to Number 10 in the Prime Ministerial car, where he makes a very different speech in front of the press, accompanied by his girlfriend Lisa Hogan. After he finishes his speech, he enters Number Ten, hand in hand with Lisa, as David and Samantha Cameron did before them, as did so many others.

He gets to work reforming the cabinet, which includes Andrew Jones, previously an Under-Secretary of State for Transport, succeding PM Clarkson in his old job as Transport Secretary, instead of OTL's Chris Grayling. The Prime Minister had expressed some interest in staying in his post as Transport Secretary at the same time as being Prime Minister, but listened to his advisors and gave up the post. Anna Soubry, fellow Remain supporter, is named First Secretary of State. He keeps George Osborne as Chancellor.

His first appearance as PM in PMQs is particularly memorable, saying to Corbyn after his first question 'you stupid man' (before having to withdraw said statement on the order of the Speaker), and after another question from Jeremy Corbyn, he stands up, and laughs for 20 seconds straight, before answering his question. Opinion polls during his honeymoon period were at a record high, compared to other Prime Ministers from time gone by.

He does not call a snap General Election in 2017.
 

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Just completed this monster infobox about my favourite Prime Minister, Harold Wilson.
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Harold Wilson once thought of resigning in 1976, he was sixty years old, and he thought he was too tired for the job. Jim Callaghan was preparing to take over the reins, after he heard the news that old Harry was thinking of retiring. But then he decided to go to the doctors first. If the doctors said that he should slow down, then he would resign. So, he reached the doctor's office, and it looked like Harold might have some memory loss. From the doctor's analysis, however, it just looked like he needed some sleep. Wilson had feared it was dementia. With that out of the way, Wilson continued being Prime Minister.

...All the way to 1979. Thatcher had wanted to call a no-confidence vote, but she decided against it, thinking that she would not get the numbers to bring down the government. So, the election was held on October 3rd, as was expected. Harold Wilson lost, and lost handily. Thatcher became Britain's first woman Prime Minister. Most in the Labour Party thought that now, at age 63, that Harold Wilson would call time on his premiership of the party. Wilson did not; he announced that he would form the opposition and lead the party into the next election. Many were outraged, and many threatened to leave the party. This all came to a head when, in 1980, Shadow Chancellor James Callaghan challenged Wilson for the leadership. In a tight run contest, Harold Wilson won with 54% to Callaghan's 46%. The Labour Party thundered on with Wilson.

As we all know, Thatcher's first term was not very popular. Wilson was ahead of the polls, and many believed that he would become Prime Minister for the third time by the time that Thatcher called the next election, nineteen years after he first went into Number ten. But then, the Falklands happened. Thatcher became a war-time Prime Minister, and opinions surged. Thatcher called an election relatively shortly after the Falklands War, and Harold Wilson lost even worse than he did four years prior. Once again, there were calls for him to relinquish the leadership of the party. But once again, Wilson refused. Wilson now was 68 years old and would probably be in his early seventies when the next election was called. Regardless, Wilson stayed determined to return to power, no matter what. His shadow cabinet included people like Shirley Williams; after he caught murmurings of a possible split in the party, he made sure to keep them relatively on side. Unlike 1980, this time there was no leadership challenge against him.

As the years went on, Labour under Harold Wilson had a fluctuating position in the polls. However, this was mostly under the Tories. Sometimes the Labour Party would be close behind the Tories, and sometimes they would be far behind. Wilson was beginning to get irritated with the many things that Thatcher was doing that he did not agree with. Mass privatisation, for example. Good god, Wilson thought. Privatisation wasn't the only thing, of course, that he disagreed with Thatcher on. There was a whole multitude of issues that he fundamentally disagreed with Thatcher on. With that in mind, when Wilson voiced these disagreements in the House of Commons, Wilson usually trumped over Thatcher at the dispatch box. He had done so originally from 75 to 79 when she was leading the opposition and he was leading the government, and he was doing it now that he was leading the opposition. Again. For the third time. This didn't deter, Wilson, however. Either way, he could quit now. Thatcher had just called another election, four years after the last. Labour, unfortunately for Wilson, was not able to win back power, but it did look like they were going to be able to win a good number of seats.

And so, they did. Harold Wilson slashed Thatcher's majority in half. With one fell swoop. Of course, everyone expected the Conservative's Majority to take a thumping, but it was a bit of a surprise that Harold Wilson managed to cut it down to size that much. 1987 was a surprising year. Once again, after yet another failure to win the General Election, Harold Wilson, who was now 71, faced calls to resign. Once again, he did not. And, for the second time, he faced a challenge to his leadership. This time, it came from the right of the party, in the form of little-known Labour backbencher Charles Kennedy. He had expressed interest in the possible breakaway party that Roy Jenkins and others had threatened. Wilson had now led his party for twenty-four years, and Kennedy had expected Wilson to be long gone by this point. However, due to the impressive recovery in opposition from the Labour Party, people were at this stage loyal to Wilson. Wilson wins with a supermajority of 68%, to Kennedy's 32%. Kennedy isn't bitter and returns to the Labour backbenches. Time passes, and it is now November 1990. Geoffrey Howe has just resigned from the cabinet, and Michael Heseltine has challenged Margaret Thatcher for the leadership of the Tory party. Thatcher announces that she is going to go to the second ballot, and then she doesn't. Then, after eleven years, Margaret Thatcher leaves Downing Street. John Major is in.

John Major proves to be a bit more of a challenge for Harold Wilson in PMQs. He was himself amazed that he had lasted so long in this job. He was 74 now, certainly getting on in years. He had led his party for nigh-on 30 years, he had become the Father of the House after his former Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor retired for the House of Lords, and if he were to become the Prime Minister again at some point, he would be the first to be concurrently Father of the House during his premiership since Campbell Bannerman. He could only hope that he didn't die a few months after he left office. And speaking of Wilson possibly being back in Downing Street, things were looking incredibly up. Labour was beginning to run ahead of the Conservatives in the polls, but this lead was not consistent. Polls disagreed on whether Labour or the Conservatives could win the most votes, but several predicted a hung parliament. Eventually, the election arrived, and Wilson was hoping to form a government for the first time in 13 years. But, no. The Conservatives were the largest party once again. However, he had forced a hung parliament. The Conservatives were short 7 a majority, and they needed a bit of help from their friends. Sadly, for Wilson, he would once again be shut out of government, with the Tories getting Confidence and Supply from the Ulster Unionists. Once again, Harold Wilson had been locked out of government. And at this point Wilson began to doubt his future in the leadership of the Party. 29 years leading the party; almost double the time Attlee spent. Could he really find it in himself to lead the party into another election?

Well, apparently his wife of 52 years thought so. Mary Wilson, whom he had married in 1940, persuaded him to stay on for one more election, and that if he didn't win that, then he would resign. This pledge to resign if the Labour Party didn't win the next election quelled any possible leadership challenges to the 76-year-old Harold Wilson. He was worried that he may not get the chance to lead another government; he thought that due to his leading the party for twenty-nine years would quell anything that the Tories might do until 1997...and that's when Black Wednesday happened. Just some months after the election, and the Tories had made an almighty cockup. And with that, the Tories were screwed. Labour were, from that point on, always ahead in the polls. The man who had led his party for nigh-on three decades was leading the Government-in-waiting. His cabinet had completely changed around him since 1964, when he became only the third Labour Prime Minister. When he started out as leader, his deputy was George Brown, born in 1914, and now, his deputy leader was Tony Blair, born in 1953. That is not to say that he would be his right-hand man. That would have to be Barry Sheerman, the Shadow First Secretary of State. In fact, Wilson had privately indicated that his anointed successor would eventually be Sheerman. Eventually, John Major called an election for 1 May 1997. The opinion polls continued to predict a hefty Labour majority. The 81-year-old Harold Wilson was determined to not be complacent, and finally get returned to power after 17 and a half years waiting. Harold Wilson, in his Knowsley South constituency, tuned into the BBC, and began watching the Election coverage by David Dimbleby. The exit poll last time correctly predicted the Tory plurality Hung Parliament. And then, Big Ben struck 10.

"And we are saying Harold Wilson is to be Prime Minister and a landslide... is likely." Rapturous cheering was heard in the Labour buildings. Harold Wilson was, surely, going to be the Prime Minister for the third time. Wilson, at eighty-one years old, would be the second-oldest Prime Minister in history, and the oldest elected Prime Minister. He would be one year older than Winston Churchill was after his final retirement. Boy, did it feel good. Harold Wilson tensely waited for the Sunderland South count, and, sure enough, it was a 11% swing. It was in the bag now. At 3AM, Harold Wilson's Labour Party secured enough seats to win a majority, and Major soon conceded defeat. In total, the Labour Party managed a landslide majority of 201 seats, the biggest in its history. Harold Wilson was first elected in the first Labour landslide of 52 years prior, when the Labour Party was led by Clement Attlee. The Prime Minister made one final speech in front of Downing Street, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommended that she send for Harold Wilson to form a third government; 18 years after his last one ended, and 33 years after his first one started. Before long, the Queen greeted Harold Wilson in Buckingham Palace, and invited Harold Wilson to form a government, which, of course, he accepted. The Queen remarked on his longevity and his tenacity to win and commended him for that. The Prime Minister thanked her for her remarks, and then went on his way to Downing Street. It was surprising that he was in such good health, that much is for certain. He greeted the crowds that surrounded Downing Street, shook their hands, and then started a speech. He thanked the crowds for putting their trust in him again, for the first time in 24 years. He promised that he would govern in their interests and would not let them down and thanked his wife of 57 years for all the support that she has given in the campaign. He then walked into Downing Street, for the first time in almost 20 years.

The new Prime Minister, after writing his letters of last resort, begins appointing his cabinet. Tony Blair is Deputy Prime Minister, while Barry Sheerman is First Secretary of State, and Harold Wilson's real Deputy. In the foreign office was Ann Clwyd, member for Cynon Valley, the first female holder of a Great Office of State other than Margaret Thatcher. In the Home Office was Gordon Brown, the Member for Dunfermline East. Finally, for the Great Offices of State, in the Exchequer, the Prime Minister appointed John Smith, one of the few cabinet members to also have served in the Wilson Government of '74 to '79. Additionally, to give Blair a place in the cabinet, he was made Minister for the Cabinet Office. Meanwhile, the Conservative leadership had been relinquished by John Major in the aftermath of his landslide defeat, and the contest to succeed him had begun. Ken Clarke, the former Chancellor, announced his bid for the Leadership, and was regarded as the frontrunner. William Hague opted not to stand, citing his relative inexperience. John Redwood also stood for the leadership. Peter Lilley wanted to stand, but he didn't make his mind up before the nominations closed. In a two-horse race between Redwood and Clarke, Clarke was victorious, getting over 100 votes, over two thirds of remaining MPs in the House. The new Leader of the Opposition was chosen, and John Major was relegated to the backbenches. Before long, he announced his intention to stand down from parliament at the next election, whenever that was. Many reforms were passed by the Wilson government, and almost all of Thatcher's policies were reversed, to the chagrin of the Conservatives, including Thatcher herself of course. British Rail returned, and certain changes were made to make sure that mass privatisation could not occur in the future. Before long, the year was 2001, and Wilson chose to hold an election after four years. He was now 85 years old, and the oldest Prime Minister in history. The 58-year-old Ken Clarke wished to take advantage of their age difference to try to win the election. Sadly, for Ken Clarke this would not work. The Conservatives lost seats, losing a net of 10, with Labour also losing some seats; both losing seats to the Liberal Party.

Harold Wilson had been returned to power with a hefty majority of 181, the second highest in history, second only to the 1997 result. John Smith retired at this election, being elevated to the House of Lords, due to health issues, including a minor heart attack. He was created The Lord Smith of Argyll, and Lord Smith's health dramatically improved after retiring from frontline politics. Anne Clwyd was made the new Chancellor, with Charles Kennedy, an Under-Secretary for former Home Secretary Clwyd, succeeding her in the Home Office. Ken Clarke, who had only just survived the 2001 election by a whimper, did not hesitate to announce his coming resignation as Tory leader when the results became clear. The Tory Party had, in recent times, changed their election system for their leaders. The parliamentary party would decide on two candidates, the two who get the most votes, and these two candidates would go to the Tory membership. William Hague, who now thought he had what it took, decided to stand for the Leadership. Then followed Michael Howard, then John Redwood again. As there were only just over a hundred seats left for the Tories, those were all the candidates that stood. John Redwood came dead last, meaning that Michael Howard and William Hague would go to the membership vote. This took just over a month to get done, and when the result was announced, William Hague was anointed the new Leader of the Conservatives. Michael Howard was kept on in the Shadow Cabinet, as a powerful Shadow Chancellor. Wilson continued implementing reforms until one day in May 2003. The eighty-seven-year-old Prime Minister Harold Wilson was talking to his wife of 63 years, Mary. He was mentioning how tired he was in this job now, and how he could barely fulfil its capabilities, when he realised; it was high time to retire. On the Second of May 2003, Harold Wilson shockingly announced his resignation as Leader of the Labour Party, citing his growing age and tiredness. After forty years of leading the leading the party, he'd had enough. Barry Sheerman was elected unopposed to be his replacement on June 11th, and Harold Wilson's last day in office was June 12th, when he attended the House of Commons for the last time and answered questions for the last time. After this, Harold Wilson headed to the palace, and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister.

However, Her Majesty had a surprise for him. First, he was going to have dinner with her and the Royal Family. Second, the Cabinet secretly coerced with the Palace, and they were going to bestow an honour that had not been seen for almost seventy years. Harold Wilson was going to be elevated to the House of Lords, as a new Marquess. This had not happened since the brief reign of Edward VIII, when Freeman Freeman-Thomas (yes, real name) was named Marquess of Wilmington. This was the highest honour that both the Cabinet and the Palace could think to give the man who had served his country, and in the case of the cabinet, his party, for so long. The soon-to-be former Prime Minister was unbelievably touched and didn't expect anything like this. He was so grateful for this; he was tearing up when he heard from Her Majesty about these secret plans. Her Majesty told him to cheer up, as he was going to dine with her and the family. Harold Wilson, the Royal Family, and senior members of the cabinet including the new Labour Party leader Barry Sheerman dined together, in commemoration for Harold Wilson's extremely long service. This was an honour only bestowed to Winston Churchill before him, who dined with her Majesty just after his final retirement in 1955. After this was done, Harold Wilson advised Her Majesty to see Barry Sheerman. No fetching would be required as he was already at the Palace. Harold Wilson, at last, had his resignation as Prime Minister accepted, and he went back home, before being sworn into the House of Lords the next day, as the 1st Marquess of Rievaulx. Barry Sheerman was, indeed, asked to form a government, and he accepted. The new Prime Minister then went straight to Downing Street, where he made his first speech. He paid enormous tribute to Harold Wilson, one of the longest serving Prime Ministers of modern times, and by far the longest serving main party leader ever. Forty years leading the Labour Party. A triumphant success after 18 years of opposition under himself. Barry Sheerman would serve as Prime Minister for the next eight years, before losing to John Redwood, who became Tory leader on his fourth attempt. He attended the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in 2013 at the age of 97, looking remarkably frail, yet at the same time strong. Finally, though, on the 30th of December 2017, Lord Wilson died at the age of 101. The longest-lived Prime Minister in history. Massive outpourings of grief were received from around the world to an elder statesman, and a political legend. PM Redwood led these tributes.

Lord and Lady Wilson were married for 77 years, one of the longest married couples in the world. Lady Wilson died the year after. The Queen attended the funeral of the Marquess of Rievaulx, something she has only done for Thatcher and Churchill before him. Lord Wilson's legacy can be seen everywhere today. A statue of him is in the Leader of the Opposition Charles Kennedy's office. Charles Kennedy is favourite to win the next election, currently slated for 2021. Harold Wilson is dearly missed.
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Enjoyed these infoboxes so far. Keep them coming!

However, the fact you've added a Mr. to the little 'without me' pastiche which messes up the rhythm while Juncker by itself scans perfectly, physically pains me.
Sorry about that lol, I've changed it. I've got a lot from the other site which I'm going to transfer, so hopefully there's a lot more that you'll like coming up.
 

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The first in a series I dubbed The Castle Close to Shore. I haven't done the next two write-ups, yet.
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Harold Wilson has shockingly announced his resignation as Labour Party Leader. Tony Benn, James Callaghan, Anthony Crosland, MIchael Foot, Denis Healey and Roy Jenkins have all entered the race to succeed him and become the next Prime Minister. Then, one more joins the fray... Barbara Castle. She begins discussions with Anthony Crosland, who agrees to stand down as a candidate for the leadership of the party in return for becoming Chancellor in a Castle cabinet.

Castle comes third in the first ballot, resulting in Denis Healey being knocked out of the contest. Tony Benn and Roy Jenkins withdraw of their own accord then proceed to withdraw of their own accord, as they realise that they are quite unlikely to win the leadership at this time. Denis Healey comes out in support of Barbara Castle, and Tony Benn keeps quiet. In the second ballot, Castle gets a swathe of support and comes second, resulting in her overtaking Michael Foot and him being eliminated. The chances of Barbara Castle becoming Britain's first woman Prime Minister increases. The final ballot is a vote between two vicious political rivals; Barbara Castle and James Callaghan; Harold Wilson's right hand man. The returning officer, the upshot 46-year-old backbench MP Dennis Skinner, announces the results of the final ballot. 'The votes cast in favour of James Callaghan, one hundred and fourty-eight. The votes cast in favour of Barbara Castle, One hundred and sixty-five.' Cheering erupts in the room as Castle supporters know that they will have the first woman Prime Minister before the end of the day. 'And I do 'ereby declare the said Barbara Castle is duly elected to serve as Leader of the Labour Party.' Cheering once again sounds as Castle makes her first speech as Leader of the Labour Party

At 9PM, Harold Wilson tenders his resignation to the Queen for the second time, and recommends her Majesty to send for Barbara Castle to form the new government. Barbara Castle, at the age of 65, becomes Britain's first woman Prime Minister. The Cabinet is given a sizeable shake-up. As promised, Anthony Crosland is made Chancellor of the Exchequer, with Denis Healey moved to the Foreign Office, resulting in Callaghan's sudden removal from the Cabinet. The Prime Minister tells Callaghan that her reason for removing him was to 'Lower the average age of the cabinet' to which Callaghan in a public statement famously retorted 'Why doesn't she start with herself?' In a surprising move, Tony Benn is made Home Secretary, in a move to appease the more stringent left of the party. This results in more left-wing policies being introduced within the purview of the Home Office. Tony Benn manages to calm the trade unions, ending a possible winter of discontent before it even begins. In October 1976, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Edward Short, resigns. The election that ensues results in Chancellor Crosland being elected Deputy Leader. Sadly, however, Crosland would die just four months after being elected. In the Treasury, Crosland's position is filled by Gerald Kaufman. In the second leadership election in four months, the Home Secretary Tony Benn becomes the new Deputy Leader. Dennis Skinner becomes an Under-Secretary for him.

The Vote of No Confidence ordered by Margaret Thatcher in 1979 fails, thanks to Labour MP Alfred Broughton being in good health. Therefore, the 1979 General Election is held in October. The election results in Barbara Castle being returned to power with a slightly more comfortable majority of 12. Margaret Thatcher concedes defeat, and announces her resignation of the Conservative Party leadership, effective upon the election of her successor. In January 1980, Geoffrey Howe is elected to replace Margaret Thatcher as Leader of the Conservatives and to head the Her Majesty's Opposition. Thatcher is retained in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor, and former Prime Minister is returned to the Shadow Cabinet as Deputy Leader of the Conservatives and Foreign Secretary.

In 1981, four MPs had planned to defect from the Labour Party and form a new political organisation. Thankfully for the Castle, she caught wind of their plans, and talked to them about their reasonings for wanting to leave the party. They voiced their concerns, and Castle proceeded to tell them that their concerns would be answered and there would be no need to cause a fuss. This prevented a possible split in the Labour Party, which irritated the Liberal Party. In 1983, the Prime Minister receives intelligence that Argentina is planning to invade the Falklands Islands. This knowledge is kept secret to the public, but Castle makes it perfectly clear to Galtieri that if he invades the Falklands, the UK will take assertive action against them. This deters Argentina from doing anything. Due to rising debts due to government policy, support for the government falls, and in 1984, Geoffrey Howe leads the Conservative Party to a reasonable majority of 43. With that, Barbara Castle concedes defeat and announces her resignation as Labour Party Leader and initiates the next Labour leadership election.
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In tribute to the loss of the greatest MP that has ever lived, I present to you this gratuitous wankbox, and one of two election boxes that I have done.
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'We had a manifesto that, quite frankly, was the best since 1945.' Says Dennis Skinner to those at Labour Headquarters following the biggest landslide in British History. 'And I've lived long enough to remember reading that, as a young lad taking papers round during the Second World War. It shows that there is a massive new zeal abroad within the Labour movement. And I will build a socialist government; the likes of which has not been seen since the likes of Clement Attlee. Needless to say, this is the biggest landslide that any party in this country has ever achieved. Dodgy Dave has lost his seat! And his compatriot, Nick Clegg; is out as well! I look forward to working with their replacements; Oliver Cuppard, and Duncan Enright. And yes, the sad truth is that those UKIP tossers have made some gains in the country. But let me say this; we dragged the national health service, between 1997 and 2010, from the depths of degradation that the Tories left it in and hoisted it back to the pinnacles of achievement. I have got a united nations heart bypass to prove it; it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor and a Nigerian registrar. And those people talk about sending them back from whence they came! If you did that in the hospitals in London, half of Londoners would be dead in six months. Those are the facts about the United Kingdom Independence Party! We still managed to keep their leader out in Thanet South, and you have our excellent candidate, Will Scobie, to thank for that! I'm going to have to cut this speech short, so if you excuse me, I think I have an appointment at Buckingham Palace.'

It was a surprise that Dennis Skinner won the Leadership contest after Gordon Brown resigned following the results of 2010. Hell, it was a surprise that Dennis Skinner even entered the contest. When he first became leader, Dennis Skinner was 78 years old. By the time he was appointed Prime Minister, he was 83. At that age, Dennis Skinner became the oldest elected Prime Minister in the history of the United Kingdom. David Cameron shockingly lost his seat to the Labour Candidate, as pointed out by Dennis Skinner in his speech to the Labour Party Headquarters. This necessitated his immediate resignation as Leader of the Conservative Party with George Osborne, who survived the Tory purge in Parliament, taking up the mantle in an acting capacity. Many possible contenders were wiped out in the contest, including the Home Secretary. Old faces, such as Kenneth Clarke, also lost their seat after 45 years in Parliament. Clarke was a former Chancellor, and had entered Parliament at the same time as Skinner. Iain Duncan Smith, former Leader of the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2003, and also the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, also lost his seat to the Labour Party Candidate. As a matter of fact, only seven members of the coalition cabinet, six of them Conservative, were still in Parliament, some, like Francis Maude and William Hague (another former Leader of the Conservative Party) had retired. But almost all of them lost their seats to Labour led by Dennis Skinner. The Conservatives had somehow been reduced to not even being the opposition.

The SNP had one more seat than the Conservatives, which meant that they would form the opposition, with Angus Robertson becoming the Leader of the Opposition. George Osborne, for now at least, would be relegated to the position of the Leader of the third largest party in the House of Commons. With the numbers that existed, there wouldn't be much of a Liberal Democrat voice at all, considering that they had been booted from their place as the third largest party.

David Cameron was noticably shaken when he gave his resignation speech outside Downing Street. He was the first British Prime Minister in history to lose their own seat while in power. This was the worst result that the Conservative Party had seen in its history, in any of its incarnations. He wasn't even going to be able to stay in parliament. His political career, without a doubt, was completely over. The same applied for Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, who also lost his seat. The only solace Clegg could take was that he did a little bit better than the exit poll suggested, which said the Lib Dems would only get about 8 or 7 seats. Nigel Farage, who had led his party to a gain of two seats but failed to win South Thanet, attempted to resign as well, but the governing body of UKIP flat out refused to accept it, because of UKIP's breakthrough, and he stayed on as leader. Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, although not standing in Parliament (instead in the Welsh Assembly) managed to get almost the same amount of votes as they did last time around, but lost all of their seats. This led to Leanne Wood's resignation.

Dennis Skinner is still leading the government in 2019 at the age of 87, and, with the next election due to be held next year, he is heading for a second landslide majority, and will in all likelihood become one of the oldest democratically elected leaders in history at the age of 88. Some of the policies by the Skinner Administration have included the repealing the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, the passing of the British Rail Act 2015 which started the re-nationalisation of National Rail, the Beeching Act 2018, which pledged to restore lines affected by the Beeching cuts where possible, and the House of Lords (No. 2) Act 2019, which eradicated hereditary peers from the House of Lords. The Skinner government has, needless to say, proved to be one of the most radical governments in the history of the country.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt succeeded to the presidency in 1921, and would not retire until 1953, making FDR by far the longest serving president of the United States. He outlived all of his vice presidents, including his successor, President Truman, led the country through the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the cold war. He did not seek re-election in 1952 to become the new UN Secretary-General. In the presidency, he was succeeded by his Vice President, Harold Truman. He became the new UN Secretary-General in April 1953, and did not leave that job until February 1968, when he was 86 years old. His wife, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, predeceased him in 1962. He would outlive her by 14 years, dying in 1976, at the age of 94, just under two months before his 95th birthday.
 

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As a newish member to the world of AH (and embarrassingly limited to only British politics...) I do like the level of detail you're putting into these wikiboxes and graphics, and your passion is clearly evident! Looking forward to what else you come up with!
 

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#17
Call me Nick
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It was certainly a surprise when Nick Clegg was considered to have won the first debate. It was even more surprising when Nick Clegg then won the second debate. Nick Clegg appeared to be genuinely sweeping the nation. Then, in an unprecedented event, the usually neutral Metro backed the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg. Everything somehow was turning in Nick Clegg's favour. Then, the final debate was held, and Nick Clegg won it again. Nick Clegg, Nick Clegg, Nick Clegg.

The Conservatives had been ahead in the polls, but the Lib Dems began to shockingly leapfrog the Labour Party led by Gordon Brown in polls. Although neither the Prime Minister nor the Labour Party officially commented on polls, suggesting that the election would not necessarily play out in the way that they suggested, Gordon was privately apoplectic. But the surprises were not over. Election day came, and the exit poll began to be conducted. Before long, the election coverage had begun and the exit poll was released.

It predicted a well hung parliament with the Conservatives being the largest party, but around ninety seats short of a majority. The reason behind the parliament being so well hung was because of an unbelievable surge for the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats were predicted to surge at least 150 seats, and many, many Labour strongholds were at risk in London. In fact, the exit poll suggested that the Lib Dems would take the most seats in Central London. Most pertinently, the exit poll suggested that there was a possibility that Clegg could take a plurality of the popular vote, something which was considered completely impossible when the election was originally called by the Prime Minister.

There was no doubt in hell that the days of Gordon Brown's premiership were over. The exit poll had suggested that Labour were likely to go down to less than 210 seats, rendering Gordon Brown very likely to be Literally Worse Than Michael Foot™, with Michael Foot taking 209 seats in 1983. Gordon Brown was predicted to lose at least 140 or so seats, similar to the amount that John Major lost in 1997. Yes, it was highly likely that the Liberal Democrats would be the kingmaker for either one to form an administration, even with Labour needing over a hundred seats for a majority. However, having almost certainly led the Labour Party to their worst result since 1935, his time in the leadership would be over before long, no matter who the Liberal Democrats chose.

As the election results became clear, Labour seats were falling by the dozen. seats in London like the two Islingtons fell to the Liberal Democrats, one of the two having been a very strong Labour seat prior to this election, the other one having been a legitimate Lib Dem target. Margaret Beckett lost her seat to the Liberal Democrats as well. Doncaster North also fell to the Liberal Democrats, a seat held by the Foreign Secretary's brother, Ed. Several high-profile seats were lost to the Liberal Democrats, and while the Conservatives did manage to gain seats again, the results suggested it would not be by all that much, only about twenty or so. In fact, it looked like the Conservative vote was going to fall from 2005. There were many high-brow casualties to the Liberal Democrats mainly for Labour.

It became clear very early on that a well hung parliament was going to happen. The final results put the Conservatives indeed as the largest party, on 236 seats, that's up twenty-six from dissolution, and up thirty-eight from 2005, when the Conservative Party was led by Michael Howard. However, the Conservative vote had fallen by almost two percent from 2005. Labour were on a pretty shocking 208, that's down one-hundred and fourty-one from dissolution, and down one-hundred and fourty-seven from 2005, when the Labour Party was led by Tony Blair, the three time winning New Labour pioneer. The Liberal Democrats had, indeed, won most of the vote. However, the machinations of First Past the Post had led them to be relegated to the third largest party for the umpteenth time. Never-the-less, they were on a pretty incredible 171, up one-hundred and nine from 2005, when they were led by Charles Kennedy. They had 0.7% more votes than the Conservatives managed, and 6.7% ahead of Labour, something that they still couldn't believe.

The coalition talks began, with Gordon Brown pleading to Nick Clegg to support his government, stating that, given Labour's losses, that he would resign the leadership of the Party as soon as a successor was elected. However, unfortunately for Gordon Brown, Clegg had no interests in supporting a Labour government. This, obviously, greatly saddened Gordon, knowing that this would mean the end of thirteen years of Labour Party rule in Britain. Nick Clegg told him not to resign yet, and instead to wait until the talks between him and Cameron had finalised. This would be more important than Brown had initially realised, for he did not know what Clegg actually had planned.

So then, Clegg met with David Cameron. Nick Clegg told him that he had flat out denied any agreement with Gordon Brown.

'Thank you Nick, for allowing me to have the chance to serve the country as Prime Minister.'

'Well, David...'

'Oh, please, we're all friends here now. Call me Dave.'

'Okay, Dave... I'm not going to be supporting a Conservative government.'

'I... uh, excuse me?'

'Dave... you'll be quite aware that the Liberal Democrats got a plurality of the popular vote.'

'I am aware, yes, Nick.'

'Well, with that in mind, it would only be fair... that in spite of the numbers in the House of Commons... that the Conservatives supported a Liberal Democrat government.'

'Well! I... That's a preposterous suggestion!'

'I mean, there's the other option, and the Queen makes you the head of a government which is short ninety of a majority, with me and whoever is leading the Labour Party immediately calling for a vote of no confidence, which would send us into a new election before the year is done, and I could do even better... I mean, look at the polls. Wouldn't you rather I was leading a government with confidence and supply?'

'...When you put it that way... *sigh...* If I must, fine. But on two conditions.'

'Name them.'

'No alternative vote.'

'...Fine. And your second condition?'

'I want a Conservative in the cabinet.'

'Alright, I can work with that. Name the post.'

'Deputy Prime Minister.'

'Oh, so we're bringing that back, then? Okay then. I'm guessing it is going to be you, then?'

'For now. I'm going to guess that a lot of people are going to want my head now, so I may well face a no-confidence vote.'

'Well, you have just helped create the first Liberal government in almost a century, so I can only wish you the best of luck.'

'...Yes, Nick. Anyway, I think that's a wrap.'

'Alright then Dave. I'll talk to Gordon.'

And that was that. The Liberal Democrats were heading for government with a massive majority when the Conservatives were added into the mix. David Cameron put the proposal to the Conservatives, and they reluctantly agreed to it. The Liberal Democrats, naturally, pounced on the opportunity and agreed to it as well. David Cameron and Nick Clegg jointly told Gordon Brown that a decision had been reached, a most unexpected one for Gordon that left him shocked. Nick Clegg was heading for government now? He couldn't really believe it. Although the decision had been leaked, Gordon Brown, through his resignation speech, gave the official confirmation that the Lib Dems were heading for government. He paid tribute to the thirteen years of Labour rule that had preceded, and wished Mr. Clegg and Mr. Cameron the best of luck for the future. He then went to the Palace to advise Her Majesty to send for Mr. Clegg.

'Clegg?' said Her Majesty, with a surprised tone.

'Indeed, Ma'am.'

Well, one must admit one's surprise. I accept your resignation, Mr. Brown.'

Mr. Brown, now the former Prime Minister, left Downing Street. His career was over now, and he had led his party to it's worst result in 75 years. The Labour Party was now in the capable hands of Harriet Harman, the Deputy Leader of the Party, and acting leader until probably about September. A couple of the potential candidates for the leadership had been knocked out in the election, including the Foreign Secretary's brother. It looked like it was going to be a walk in the park for David Miliband, who would in all likelihood be leading the party, after its worst result since '35. Before long, Clegg arrived at the Palace, where the Queen invited him to form a government, and Clegg accepted, naturally. The Prime Minister then went to Downing Street with his wife Miriam hand-in-hand, the first Prime Minister from the Liberal Democrats in the party's 22 year history. He paid tribute to the service of Gordon Brown, and the work of the 13 prior years of Labour government. Then the Prime Minister set out the work that the new government would do, and what their priorities would be. Before long, the Prime Minister finished speaking, went to just outside Number 10's door to allow the photographers to get a good shot of him and Miriam outside the building, and then went inside. The cabinet was formed almost immediately, after writing his Letters of Last Resort. In line with the Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet, Vince Cable was made Shadow Chancellor, and Chris Huhne was made Home Secretary. Other than that, Nick Clegg upgraded Nick Harvey's place in the cabinet by making him the Foreign Secretary. Replacing him in Defence (albeit no longer shadowing) was Jenny Wilcott. Replacing her in the Duchy of Lancaster was a second Tory MP, Ken Clarke, who they thought was liberal enough to get another place in the cabinet. The other cabinet posts were organised as necessary, and the work of government for Prime Minister Nick Clegg began.

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That's a very strange election game set up if the Lib Dems are keeping Ludlow or Hereford but loosing Taunton.

Wait...

Labour taking Carshalton and Wallington? While losing Lewisham West?

Yeah the overall trend is 'sure, possible' but the individual seats make no sense at all.
 

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Labour taking Carshalton and Wallington?
Didn't notice that.

Um, that's not going to happen. Not under any circumstances. It's natural Conservative territory, that was won by the Lib Dems because of a large personal vote for the Lib Dem MP. The constituency Labour Party is essentially a joke.

If the Lib Dem vote goes up nationally, then it moves from being a Lib Dem/Tory marginal to being a Lib Dem safe seat (or as safe as anything ever is for the Lib Dems). If the Labour Party vote goes down nationally (over 10%, according to the figures), the Labour Party is going to struggle to hold on to its deposit. With Sutton and Cheam portrayed as going Lib Dem, it becomes even more nonsensical. It's quite possible for S&C to go Lib Dem. It did in 1997. But it's a tougher ask for the Lib Dem than C&W. If S&C is LD, then C&W is as well.

As always, the Devil is in the details, and the details here for this part are gibberish. I can accept, as some sort of magic wand waving, the LD taking 171 seats in 2010. But that map is nonsense on stilts in the areas I know.