A cabinet minister in Margaret Thatcher's government proposed destroying Liverpool with a nuclear weapon, it has emerged.
Michael Heseltine, then Defence Secretary, suggested in 1985 that the city be subject to thermonuclear testing in order to see if the 'bloody thing still worked.'
The papers, released through a Freedom of Information Request, revealed Heseltine also believed such a proposal would greatly improve the attractiveness of the wider Merseyside area.
Mrs Thatcher was reportedly sympathetic to the idea, but ultimately vetoed it on the grounds that the subsequent toxic radiation could be carried by winds and poison Conservative voters in the South.
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