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1949 Jun 7 Tu
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Brent Ward Conservatives

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Document kind: Speech
Venue: Dartford
Source: Dartford Chronicle, 10 June 1949
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Evening?
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 167
Themes: Conservative Party (organization), Privatized & state industries, Labour Party & socialism


Miss Roberts (prospective Conservative candidate for Dartford Division) congratulated Brent Ward Conservatives on their activities when she visited them for the first time at their branch meeting on Tuesday.

She had noted with interest, she said, how active they had been, and was delighted to learn that they had 35 new members. Not every ward had had a recruiting drive, but there was an urgent need to bring more members into the party.

Speaking of further measures of nationalisation proposed by the Labour Party, she said that throwing a few industries together and saying “Nationalise these” was a pretty poor conception of a political policy.

She described the Government as “a lot of little boys fascinated by machinery. They don't know how it works, but they can't help tinkering with it.”

Conservatives should watch what was being said at the Labour Conference, as this would give a clue to their final election policy.