Busy day for MP
It was a busy day for Mrs. Thatcher. Following the afternoon meeting she held her “surgery” at the Ballards Lane Conservative Hall, and then went on to a meeting at the Carey Hall of the North Finchley Baptist Church, organised by the Finchley Council of Churches.
With Christian Aid Secretary, Mr. Colin Saunders in the chair, Mrs. Thatcher spoke on the subject of Government aid to developing countries, Mr. V. Littlewood (secretary to the Freedom from Hunger Campaign) giving his account of Voluntary Services.
Mrs. Thatcher said that money was essential, but in itself, it was not enough; “how to use the money” should go with it in giving training, technical assistance, and knowledge in agriculture and in industry to needy countries. The Government overseas services scheme was a continuation of services to the old colonial empire, and trade was just as important a word as aid, in this direction.
Mr. Littlewood described the various projects under voluntary aid, and how the agencies worked. Mrs. Hazel Wood spoke from her own experiences in young people's voluntary work overseas. There followed an open meeting for discussion, when Mrs. Thatcher and Mr. Littlewood moved amongst the audience, grouped for discussion, and answered questions.