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IRA kills Tory MP Ian Gow

1990 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joined the widow of Ian Gow at a service in his parish church for the Conservative MP murdered by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) car bomb as he left home near Eastbourne, his parliamentary constituency on the south coast of England. She went to the church where Gow had been churchwarden until recently, after spending almost an hour with Jane Gow, who was in the couple’s house in the village of Hankham when the bomb exploded. After seeing Mrs Gow, Thatcher, looking pale, urged all those in public life who knew they were at risk to remain vigilant against terrorist attacks. Gow, chairman of the Tory backbench Northern Ireland committee, died at the wheel of his Austin Montego as he prepared to drive.

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