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1995 - Mr Major’s Comments on Radio

Below is the text of some of the comments made on radio on 29th June 1995.


QUESTION:

[Mr Major was asked if he could unite the Conservative Party].

PRIME MINISTER:

No, I don’t believe it does, and I believe the result of this election will be clear cut. I called this election so that we could clear the air. I think it’s essential to get rid of all the speculation that there’s been, that has infested British politics for some time; the sooner we get rid of that speculation, make a clear-cut decision, the sooner we can return to the things that really matter, real politics dealing with the issues of concern to the people of this country, and dealing with the real battle, which of course is with the Labour Party.

QUESTION:

[Mr Major was asked if unity could return to the Conservative Party].

PRIME MINISTER:

I don’t have a shred of doubt that the air can be cleared next Tuesday. I expect to win with a clear-cut majority, I then propose to move ahead. And I think the Conservative Party will unite. We’ve had a period of difficulty and turmoil; I think that period is coming to an end. We will soon see the end of the ritual speculative interview - I think this is the last occasion you’ll have the opportunity of doing it with me; in future it’ll be a question of policy. And I think the Conservative Party, once this election is over, is going to turn its guns where they should be - smack at the centre of the Labour Party’s policies.