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1966 Apr 21 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservative Women

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: Alexandra Palace, North London
Source: Finchley Press, 29 April 1966
Editorial comments: Dame Barbara Cartland was the guest speaker.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 381
Themes: Conservative Party (organization), Labour Party & socialism


Amid a colourful profusion of spring hats a jubilant Mrs. W. Mackrill, chairman of the Women's Advisory Committee of the Finchley and Friern Barnet Conservative Association declared, “This is a victory luncheon.”

She was speaking at the annual advisory luncheon held on Thursday last week at Alexandra Palace.

Guest of honour was authoress Miss Barbara Cartland who, sporting a delightful pink tulle hat, set the pace with an urgent plea to Tory workers to “Fight our way back to power” .

In a lively speech she spoke of Conservatism as “a way of life” . Taking an unusual and non-political line she then condemned the use of chemicals in food, air and water adding, “we are slowly poisoning ourselves.”

Amid laughter she pointed to a sample of vitamin pills handed to all guests and declared, “take those and you will feel healthy and able to work all the harder.”


Replying to the toast, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher who arrived from the State opening of Parliament, spoke of the excellent organisation in the Finchley and Friern Barnet Association.

“We are determined to grow in strength” , she said.

“We have never had an easy time, we are used to a tough fight in Finchley. We have a good majority because we work not only at elections but between them. It is a magnificent team effort. No-one can win alone.”

Speaking of the government, she forecasted, “Its true character as a left-wing Socialist party will show.”

In a speech of welcome to the guests, who included Councillor and Mrs. Usher, Councillor L. G. Snelling, Mayor-designate, and GLC councillor Miss Jean Scott, Mrs. Joan Tiplady paid tribute to Miss Cartland and her varied interests and talents.

Replying, Councillor Usher, chairman of the divisional association, reminded guests that this luncheon could be the last of its kind because of the re-organisation of boundaries, but stated “It is sad, but we welcome those who will be joining us. This is the best and most active division in the country.”