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1950 Mar 9 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Speech on first anniversary as Conservative candidate for Dartford

Document type:public statement
Document kind:Speech
Venue:Crayford Town Hall, Crayford, Kent
Source:Erith Observer, 17 March 1950
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:Evening.
Importance ranking:Minor
Word count:502
Themes:Conservative Party (organisation), Autobiographical comments

CONSERVATIVES HONOUR MISS MARGARET ROBERTS

‘Dartford will have first refusal of my services’

"Dartford will certainly have first refusal of my services as a candidate in the next election," said Miss Margaret Roberts, when presentations were made to her at a dance held by Dartford Division Conservative Association at Crayford Town Hall on Thursday last week.

The dance was held to mark the anniversary of the adoption of Miss Roberts as Conservative candidate in the Division, and had been postponed because of the General Election.

On behalf of the association, Mr. J. L. M. Miller (chairman), presented Miss Roberts with a parchment scroll containing the names of active helpers and subscribers in her recent campaign.

"I think you will all agree with me," said Mr. Miller, amid applause, "that the vote she polled was a triumph for her."

Presenting the scroll as a "token of gratitude" from the Division, Mr. Miller said that at the moment it was almost 16ft. long and contained 991 names. Further names were still to be added, and it was hoped it would soon be 20ft. long, with 1,000 names.

Miss Roberts' Thanks

Returning thanks, Miss Roberts said she would cherish the scroll all her life. They could have given her nothing more touching and she would like to thank them all for the tremendous work they had done throughout her campaign. Without their help they should never have done so well as they did, and she thought they had done as well as any other Division in Kent. She particularly thanked Mr. Miller and her agent, Mr. R. W. Mills, who had, she said, "worked nearly 24 hours a day for her."

But, added Miss Roberts, it was necessary for everyone whose name appeared on the scroll to continue to work for the organisation, and for each to bring another into the fold.

If they did, she knew they would have a very grand ball after the next election—a Victory Ball.

Miss Roberts concluded by saying that Dartford had done a very great deal for her personally since she had been in the Division. Loyalty had been one of the greatest factors. The Division would keep her as long as they wished to have her.

On behalf of Highfield Ward, Miss Roberts was presented with a bouquet by Miss Mary Rohan.

Another presentation by Mr. Miller was an anniversay cake—the gift of Mr. R. F. Fyson—which was later auctioneed by the slice by Miss Roberts in aid of the election fighting fund.

‘With Affection And Great Love’

Miss Roberts was also presented with an evening bag, "With deepest affection and great love from the Young Conservatives," by Mr. L. Gordon Waterman.

Music for dancing was provided by the Bob Miller Orchestra, with Mr. L. F. Lowther (Erith) as M.C.