A small group of Conservative MP's first elected in February 1974 celebrated their 30 years in the House at a dinner in London with their wives.
They were joined at the beginning of the evening by the Leader, Michael Howard - a relative newcomer with only 21 years of service.
53 Conservative MPs were first elected on February 28th 1974. Five have served continuously, and one - Michael Ancram - has interrupted service.
14 of the intake are in the House of Lords; 9 have died. 13 made it into the Cabinet and 23 are Privy Councillors. The most famous of the intake were Nigel Lawson, Douglas Hurd, Leon Brittan, Patrick Mayhew and Malcolm Rifkind.