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1959 Mar 17 Tu
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservatives (West Ward)

Document type:public statement
Document kind:Speech
Venue:Finchley
Source:Finchley Times, 20 March 1959
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:Evening?
Importance ranking:Minor
Word count:339
Themes:Conservative Party (organisation), Taxation

West Finchley Conservatives

The meeting of West ward of Finchley and Friern Barnet Conservative Association was held on Tuesday. Amongst those present were the prospective candidate for the Division (Mrs. Margaret Thatcher) and the Divisional chairman (Mr. Blatch).

Mrs. Thatcher gave an address and while complimenting the ward on the number of Divisional officers who were members of the branch, said that she fully realised the heavy burden on the small band of willing members who last year achieved the re-election of Councillor Ferguson Taylor.

She asked only two things of the members—success at both the municipal and General Elections and said how essential it was for the Young Conservatives to take a helping hand with this.

Mrs. Thatcher said that some people looking forward to the coming budget voiced the criticism that Conservatives had only reduced taxes for those earning high incomes. In fact taxes had been cut for all. The Socialist programme would entail vast new taxes.

Mr. Blatch thanked the ward for the excellent way the campaign last year was conducted, which, he said, was an example to all and asked that the same enthusiasm be shown this year.

Re-elected were Mr. Meynell, president; Councillor Matthews, J. P., vice-president; Mr. E. H. Osborn, hon. treasurer; Mrs. E. M. Linde, hon. secretary. Committee members are Councillor Fergusoon Taylor, Miss Gauld, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Lauder, Mr. and Mrs. Mackrill, Mrs. Milne, Mr. Morgan, Mrs. Newcome-Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Webster and Mr. White. Hon. auditor, Mr. R. Carpenter.