Although these newspapers are not directly related to Rainham they give a good idea of history of the past 30 years or so and as a historical record of government during that time. They also show the effect of inflation, in 1979 the Guardian newspaper was 15p, rising to 23p in 1983!

These are a selection of newspaper front page headlines from just before Margaret Thatcher's first election victory in 1979 through becoming known as The Iron Lady and the elections of 1983 and 1987 showing the mood at the time. The newspapers also cover Jeffery Archer leaving the cabinet over payments to a prostitute and his subsequent libel victory in 1987 winning £500,000 from the Daily Star. This was followed by his conviction for perjury when it was shown that he had fabricated statements in relation to the trial.

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