Below is the text of Mr Major’s comments on the local election results, made in 10 Downing Street on 3rd May 1996.
[Mr Major was asked his view on the local election results and whether he should call a General Election now].
Well, what is over of course, is the last opportunity to protest. That is of course, significantly, what we have seen over the last few elections and of course, in by-
I think there is everything to play for between now and the next general election. We need the time between now and then because there is a great deal to be done. The economy is changing quite significantly. I don't think anyone outside the United Kingdom doubts the potential strength of the British economy or the way it has improved and it competitiveness. There's nowhere else in western Europe where you see the combination of inflation, well below 3 per cent, unemployment falling in the way that it has done here, growth here and a country taking other countries markets because it is efficient effective and competitive. That is what's happening in the United Kingdom.