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1950 Jun 20 Tu
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Belvedere Conservatives

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Document kind: Speech
Venue: Conservative Club, Belvedere, Kent
Source: Kentish Independent, 23 June 1950
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Evening?
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 326
Themes: Conservative Party (organization), General Elections, European Union (general), Labour Party & socialism


Appointed to Executive

Miss Margaret Roberts, B.A. B.Sc. (prospective Conservative candidate) will now have a say in the shaping of Conservative policy, as she has been appointed to the Party's national executive.

First news of the appointment was given by Miss Roberts at Belvedere Conservative Club on Tuesday, when she addressed a meeting to combine Belvedere women's section and the recently-formed men's branch into one ward organisation in readiness for the next General Election.

The candidate told members that personalities alone did not win elections—that could not even be said of Mr. Churchill. Much depended on efficient ward organisations and the work between elections.

Success in Bexley and Chislehurst depended to a certain extent on the strength of Conservatism in the Dartford constituency; if they did not put up a concentrated opposition the Socialists would be able to spare support for the marginal districts.

Commenting on the Schuman Plan, Miss Roberts said international understanding could not be founded on suspicion, but what else would the Labour policy statement breed, for a Labour Party said one thing and a Labour Government another.

One could not underestimate the seriousness of the situation, and it could well facilitate an election. That meant the Divisional Party would need money, for it cost £3,000 to carry on the Divisional organisation and an additional £900 for an election.

Miss Roberts emphasised: “At the moment the Socialists are slowing up on their left-wing schemes, but if they are returned for another five years they will bring them back with force.”

Mr. D. H. J. Cummingham, elected chairman of the new combined branch, likened the political situation to a card game— “We have lost some of our diamonds, but our hearts are still good, and if necessary we can go in with our clubs.