"She herself had fallen in with the Labour Club during John Major's premiership"

 The Conservative leader John Major was Prime Minister of the UK from 1990 to 1997, succeeding Margaret Thatcher. He slid into power rather unexpectedly following the Conservative Party's rebellion against Thatcher's increasingly erratic premiership. In stark contrast to Thatcher's more aggressive style of government, Major was seen as a conciliator by his fans and a vacillator by his critics. He governed during a time of economic hardship, plagued by divisions over the role of the UK in Europe.