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1961 Oct 12 Th
Margaret Thatcher

TV Interview for ITN (appointed a minister)

Document type:public statement
Document kind:TV Interview
Venue:Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, John Adam Street, central London
Source:ITN Archive: OUP transcript
Journalist:Unknown, ITN
Editorial comments:MT was interviewed at some point in the afternoon. The interview (one minute 38 seconds) was broadcast on the London News slot on 12 October 1961.
Importance ranking:Major
Word count:452
Themes:Autobiographical comments, Executive (appointments), Autobiography (marriage and children), Social security and welfare
Lead-in

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

Today was the first day at her new job for Mrs Margaret Thatcher, MP for Finchley. She was appointed Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions in the Government changes this week. I went to the Ministry this afternoon and asked Mrs Thatcher—the mother of six year old twins—how she'd be able to cope with the extra work?

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

Will you be able to cope with the extra work? Broadcast interview begins here

MT

Well, I'm quite happy about it, because it means that one has a definite job to get down to rather than having a roving brief throughout the whole of the political scene.

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

What's it going to mean in your home life—obviously you are going to have to make some adjustments?

MT

I think it is going to be even more organisation and method: I'm a great believer in those two things, but in any case I could never do it if not for the fact that my home is within thirty five minutes of Westminster. I have an excellent nanny-housekeeper who helps immensely, I see the children every morning and they are at school all day and of course I make a point of seeing and being with them at weekends.

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

Your husband's abroad a good deal, I think. Will you have two different timetables, one for when he is away, and one for when he is at home?

MT

Well, not quite that. We do most of the domestic things while [ Denis Thatcher] he is away, you know in redecoration, and so on, so that the household isn't put out when he is at home, but he does travel on export duties quite a bit.

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

What do you feel about this particular appointment, is it one that you looked forward to when you were indulging your pipe dreams?

MT

Well, I haven't thought of having any appointment, really, certainly not so soon, but I am very happy about it, because I think it offers scope both for the human side, which is helping people who are in need of help and also on the financial side and seeing that the scheme is sound.

Unidentified interviewer, ITN

Tell me what happens on your, so to speak, your first day when the new girl comes in, what happens?

MT

Well, I was as curious about that as you. I've had a very pleasant morning, I was received by the [ John Boyd-Carpenter] Minister as soon as I came in and introduced to the various heads of departments and my sphere of duty was well-defined and I shall be given an enormous amount of homework to take away for the weekend.