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1966 Jun 23 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservative Women

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: Conservative Hall, 267 Ballards Lane, Finchley
Source: Finchley Press, 1 July 1966
Editorial comments: MT spoke after lunch.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 323
Themes: Conservative Party (organization), Monetary policy, Labour Party & socialism

100 ladies went to lunch

At the Conservative Hall on Thursday last week the Women's Advisory Committee of the Conservative Association once more organised a most successful luncheon for over one hundred members and guests.

Mrs. Thatcher, who, despite the fact that she had only left the House at 4.30 a.m. and had fulfilled an engagement before coming to the luncheon, looked as radiant as if she had spent the previous twelve hours resting.

In speaking to the ladies present, she told them how much she respected Iain Macleod, the Shadow Chancellor, and very much enjoyed working with him on the Opposition benches. She felt that the Government were not doing anything to alleviate the grave financial situation that the country was getting into, excepting to borrow more money from European and overseas bankers, which, of course, was no solution at all and could not go on for ever.

“Mr. Wilson was now being found wanting,” said Mrs. Thatcher. “Because one is a good debater or speaker and comes over well on television, it does not mean that he will make a good Prime Minister, and the National Press were now exposing Mr. Wilson for his failings.”

Mrs. Thatcher thanked Mrs. W. Mackrill, the Women's Advisory chairman, and all the ladies, for preparing and serving the magnificent meal of which they had just partaken and also said how pleased she was that Cr. Usher, the divisional chairman, could manage to be present.

Mrs. Mackrill, in welcoming Mrs. Thatcher, and all the other guests, said how delighted they were that Mrs. Thatcher was able to be present, and hoped that it would not be too long before there would be a General Election, which the Conservatives would win, and give Mrs. Thatcher her rightful chance of being in the Treasury in the Government of the day.