I Trust You and Only You

12th October 1984
The Grand Hotel, Brighton
2:45am


The sound of the baying drunken protestors, singing, shouting and jeering outside the Grand Hotel was beginning to bother the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Norman Tebbit, commonly referred to as one of Mrs Thatcher's most loyal minister's suddenly decided enough was enough, in any normal circumstances the drunken protestors outside would have been taken away by the police to spent a night in the cells (*), he'd make sure to enquire as to why they hadn't later. God help them if he'd been Home Secretary. Grumbling, he got up and put on his dressing gown over his pajama's, muttering to himself "They'll pay for this." His wife, Margaret stirred, she was awake seconds later, "What are you doing Norman?" she asked.
"I'm going down to reception to get someone to remove those protestors, I need my sleep and they're not making it any easier"
"Don't create a fuss darling"
"I shall if they want us to come here again"
With that, he set off out the door. After some deliberation, Margaret rose and put on her dressing gown, following her husband down to reception to calm him incase he ended up threatening the staff. As Margaret Tebbit shut the door to their room, it was 2:47am

Seven minutes later, Norman was locked in discussion with the manager who was about to send for the police to quell the drunks outside when a loud bang was heard, almost like a volcanic eruption. Furniture shook in reception with the force of the blast, then came the almighty roar as the side of the hotel in which the Tebbit's room was, damaged by the bomb planted by IRA agent Patrick McGee in Room 629 began to crumble. The Tebbit's ended up crouching behind the front desk with the manager until the roar stopped. That was when the screams began to fill the lobby...

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"The bomb detonated at 2:54am on the 12th of October. Thatcher had been awake, working on her conference speech for the next day. While her suite's bathroom had been destroyed, the sitting room and bedroom escaped damage along with Margaret and Denis Thatcher. She changed clothes and was escorted to Brighton police station with her husband, along with several other Minister's including Deputy Prime Minister Willie Whitelaw and Industry Secretary Norman Tebbit, who was still dressed in pajamas along with wife Margaret who had only narrowly escaped the destruction of their room after the Tebbit's went down to reception to complain about drunken protestors singing outside the hotel minutes before the blast."

- Extract from Wikipedia's article about the Brighton Hotel Bombing, 1984

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TEBBIT PROMOTED TO HOME SECRETARY IN WAKE OF IRA ATTACK
- 20th October 1984

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"My sudden promotion to the Home Office as the Prime Minister told me was due to my gung-ho attitude against the IRA in the days following the attack. My conference speech, in which I attacked the very forces of evil which republicanism represented had been well received in the right wing and centrist media and also among the British public. Leon Brittan, who'd been sent to Trade and Industry to replace me was remarkably bitter about the whole process but in my view, he was too weak to execute the position of Home Secretary in a time of national crisis."
- Extract from "Chingford to Westminster", the memoirs of Norman Tebbit


 
So Tebbitt's wife doesn't become disabled and thus take up a larger part of his life to the point that the premiership is out of the question? I smell a Tebbitt government with Thatcher going in 1989.

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Thatcher Cabinet, 1984

Margaret Thatcher - Prime Minister
Lord Whitelaw: Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council
Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone: Lord Chancellor
John Biffen: Lord Privy Seal
Nigel Lawson: Chancellor of the Exchequer
Peter Rees: Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Sir Geoffrey Howe: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Norman Tebbit: Secretary of State for the Home Department
Michael Jopling: Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Michael Heseltine: Secretary of State for Defence
Sir Keith Joseph: Secretary of State for Education and Science
Tom King: Secretary of State for Employment
Peter Walker: Secretary of State for Energy
Patrick Jenkin: Secretary of State for the Environment
Norman Fowler: Secretary of State for Health
Lord Gowrie: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Douglas Hurd: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
George Younger: Secretary of State for Scotland
Leon Brittan: Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Nicholas Ridley: Secretary of State for Transport
Nicholas Edwards: Secretary of State for Wales
John Wakeham: Chief Whip
Lord Young: Minister without Portfolio


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"My first priority as Home Secretary was to ensure that Britain could re-secure itself and assure the public that everything was fine. During my first week at the Home Office, I instigated several security measures to protect our buildings. Security cordons were placed outside Whitehall and major landmarks, the Royal Family were evacuated to Balmoral after consultation between myself and the Queen and police hunts for IRA assets and suspects were intensified. Every officer not on a major case was seconded to the IRA hunt. Some compared me to Joseph McCarthy, sparking a nationwide witch hunt. Anyone with suspected IRA connections was brought in, the Shadow Home Secretary Roy Hattersley, an oaf if there ever was one was forced to stand by my actions for fear of looking weak. It was surprising, within three weeks of becoming Home Secretary polls were showing I was the public's choice to succeed Mrs Thatcher, though perhaps not the parties."
- Extract from "Chingford to Westminster", the memoir of Norman Tebbit circa November 1984
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NORMAN TEBBIT - THE PUBLIC'S HERO
- Headline of the Sun newspaper, 17th November 1984

"Make sure you keep Norman in line Mags, you know what popular support does to politicians.

I'll make sure of it's Denis"
 
If Tebbit keeps playing to public opinion he may become PM and influence New Labour into becoming more anti-Europe and more right wing to other issues.
 
Correct on all counts, with him instead of Major, New Labour will never exist and Britain will be a vastly different place
I hope by that you mean Labour wont sell out it's leftist roots. Instead of some ''Tory rule forever'' TL *shudder*.

Through given the effects of that. SNP support would be far greater.
 
Tebbit to conclude sweeping terrorism review in crackdown on the IRA



6th January 1985

Home Secretary Norman Tebbit today announced sweeping changes to the way in which British security is run. The new measures suggested by the review commissioned by Mr Tebbit upon becoming Home Secretary last October will ensure civil liberties are maintained while continuing to protect the public from terrorism.

The key recommendations of the review include:

- Increasing the detention period from 28 to 32 days
- Increasing the use of terrorism stop and search powers
- Giving new powers to local authorities to investigate low-level offences.

The Government believes that it is important to ensure powers are necessary, effective and proportionate and that they do not erode the fundamental values of law, tolerance and respect for civil liberties that terrorists seek to undermine. Tebbit said: “The threat from terrorism remains serious and complex and I have always said that this government's first priority is to protect public safety and national security. But for too long the balance between security and British freedoms has not been the right one.

The measures we are announcing today will restore our civil liberties while still allowing the police and security services to protect us. They are in keeping with British traditions and our commitment to the rule of law. I also believe they will restore public confidence in counter-terrorism legislation.”
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"Neil Kinnock and Roy Hattersley were left speechless when I introduced the legislation, they know they can't oppose us and the wets in the party are squirming uncomfortably, yes it's going to be a very good start to 1985."
- Extract from "Chingford to Westminster", the memoir of Norman Tebbit, circa January 1985.
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"I'll step down from Cabinet if this goes through, Margaret. You have to stop Norman." - Words spoken by DPM Willie Whitelaw to the Prime Minister, circa. 8th January 1985
 
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