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1990 Nov 28 We
Margaret Thatcher

Remarks departing Downing Street

Document type:speeches
Document kind:Remarks
Venue:Outside No.10 Downing Street
Source:IRN Archive: OUP transcript
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:Morning.
Importance ranking:Key
Word count:155
Themes:Leadership, Famous statements by MT

[Applause]

Ladies and Gentlemen,
[voice breaking a little on ‘Gentlemen’]

We're leaving Downing Street for the last time after eleven-and-a-half wonderful years, and we're very happy that we leave the United Kingdom in a very, very much better state than when we came here eleven and a half years ago.

It's been a tremendous privilege to serve this country as Prime Minister—wonderfully happy years—and I'm immensely grateful to the staff who supported me so well, and may I also say a word of thanks to all the people who sent so many letters, still arriving, and for all the flowers.

Now it's time for a new chapter to open and I wish John Major all the luck in the world. He'll be splendidly served and he has the makings of a great Prime Minister, which I'm sure he'll be in very short time.

Thank you very much. Goodbye.

[Applause]