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1965 Mar 20 Sa
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservatives (Association Dinner Dance)

Document type:public statement
Document kind:Speech
Venue:Edinburgh Suite, Alexandra Palace, North London
Source:Finchley Press, 26 March 1965
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:1930.
Importance ranking:Minor
Word count:281
Themes:Labour Party and Socialism, Economy (general discussions), Local government

In politics as in sport

Game not lost until final whistle.

What happened at Twickenham this afternoon and what could happen at Highbury tomorrow said Mrs. Margaret Thatcher is a great lesson for politicians—the game is not lost till the final whistle.

Mrs. Margaret Thatcher and Denis Thatcher were speaking at the Annual Dinner and Dance of the Finchley and Friern Barnet Conservative Association on Saturday. Both had been to the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham. Mrs. Thatcher will be present at Highbury tomorrow for the Finchley Amateur Club Semi-Final.

Mrs. Thatcher went on to say "I believe that every day of a Labour Government is a loss to the country as a whole. I have no confidence whatsoever in the present government's ability to handle money matters." The Government could not live within its income and could not live within its credit. "The Labour Government has broken so many pledges that the electors will not believe what the Labour Party has to say at the next election."

Referring to the new Borough of Barnet, Mrs. Thatcher wished the councillors present a very successful time. In starting something fresh they had the opportunity to build up standards which every generation will look up to.

"We are looking forward to the match between Finchley and Hendon at Highbury," said Mrs. Thatcher, "and we will be there cheering on the Finchley team, despite the fact that Hendon is part of the new Borough."

With the great debate on milk in mind, the Chairman of the Association, Cllr. Vic Usher, who was accompanied by his wife, toasted one of his guests who is a farmer with a glass of milk.