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March 4, 1988
Britain's 110-year-old Liberal Party and the 7-year-old Social Democrats merged to become Britain's third-largest political party--the Social and Liberal Democrats. They will confront Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ruling Conservative Party on the right and Neil Kinnock's socialist Labor Party on the left. The Liberals' leader, David Steel, and Social Democratic chief Robert Maclennan formally presented the new party at a London news conference.
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May 13, 1988
David Steel said he is stepping down after 12 years as leader of Britain's minority Liberal Party. Steel told supporters in Scotland that he will not run in next month's election for the leadership of the newly formed Social and Liberal Democrats but will remain in Parliament. The leadership contest, the results of which will be announced in July, was brought about by the merger two months ago of the Liberals and a majority faction of the divided Social Democrat Party.
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