50 Years Ago – 30 December 1971

30 December 1971

Dom Mintoff (in photo above), the Prime Minister of Malta, survived a vote of confidence in the Maltese Parliament by just one vote. Mintoff had demanded more money from the UK, who already gave the island £10 million a year to allow their forces to be based in Malta. The British Government announced that their troops would be withdrawn, causing concern amongst businesses and residents in Malta.

Peter Walker, the Secretary of State for the Environment, said that £1.3 billion of public money would be spent in a bid to clean up British waterways which had become polluted and litter ridden.

Richard Ham, a 20-year old Royal Artillery Gunner, was assassinated in Northern Ireland, the 43rd British servicemen to die in the Province in 1971.