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Threat of Tory revolt averted

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1562 (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1562

A threat to topple the British government for the sake of a hospital casualty unit exposed the vulnerability of Prime Minister John Major's one seat majority.

It became a national issue after two backbench Conservative MPs issued an ultimatum to the health secretary, Mr Stephen Dorrell, that unless he retained an accident and emergency service at Edgware General Hospital, in north London, they would no longer support the government.

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