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‘Night of the Long Knives’ 1962
Macmillan tries to deal with ‘drift’ and reassert authority
Fired seven cabinet members suddenly and without warning
- Resuffle meant to remove Chancellor of Exchequer, (Selwyn Lloyd) but its scope was far more savage than expected.
It was meant to stamp his authority on the party in reality he lost the trust and respect of many of his Conservatives colleagues.