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1962 Jan 22 Mo
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley South Young Conservatives

Document type:public statement
Document kind:Speech
Venue:Finchley
Source:Finchley Times, 9 February 1962
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:2030. MT was speaking at a Wine and Cheese evening.
Importance ranking:Minor
Word count:226
Themes:Pay, Trade, European Union (general)

Wine, cheese and music

The excellent response to invitations given by Finchley (South) Young Conservatives, to a wine and cheese evening last week, helped towards a really enjoyable two hours get-together for Young Conservatives, their friends, and parents.’

The principal guest of the evening, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, M.P., soon began circulating amongst the visitors, chatting informally with the majority of them, before speaking to the whole gathering in a more formal manner.

Mrs. Thatcher mentioned that the evening was the eve of a new session of Parliament, and in just over twenty minutes she summarised some of the principal matters that would be dealt with by the government in the next few months.

Mentioning in particular the pay pause and the Common Market, she said of the former that the results were at last showing and it was now evident that the pause was having the required effect. She was quite convinced that this country's entry into the Common Market would be a great success—already our exports to Europe were increasing rapidly and we were competing on the Continent at this moment very successfully, in spite of the fact that our exports were heavily taxed abroad.

The meeting closed with a Y.C. member, Brian Wilcocks, giving a very polished display of musical entertainment on his accordion.