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1966 Oct 1 Sa
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservatives (Dinner Dance)

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: Alexandra Palace, North London
Source: Finchley Press, 7 October 1966
Editorial comments: Sir Harry Legge-Bourke was the guest speaker; MT replied to the toast.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 305
Themes: Pay, Labour Party & socialism

Conservatives know they're ‘right’

A very successful dinner dance was held by the Finchley and Friern Barnet Conservative Association at the Edinburgh Suite, Alexandra Palace. The guest of honour, Major Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, KBE, DL, Member of Parliament for Ise of Ely, was accompanied by Lady Legge-Bourke.

Councillor V. H. Usher, chairman of the association, introducing the speaker, reminded the guests that Sir Harry had a distinguished military record and was a very dour fighter, being one of the very few Members to achieve success in the 1945 election and has held this seat ever since.

Sir Harry, in his speech, said he felt there was a lack of communication between the Conservative Party and the general public. Conservatives were sure their policies were right and he felt positive that eventually, so long as they kept telling the public the truth, it would percolate through.

He felt that this period which we were going through now was very similar to that when the Socialists were in power in 1949—increasing controls, increasing taxation. Full-blooded Socialism was happening in the country today.


Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, MP for the Finchley division, replying to the toast, pointed out that the present government started off their term in 1964 by breaking bargains and they had been breaking their word and promises ever since. They were now attempting to make industry break their agreements with their employees.

She thanked Sir Harry for the very forceful speech and also thanked him and Lady Legge-Bourke for giving up one of their precious Saturday evenings to join the gathering.

After the dinner, the guests danced to the music of Tony James and his quintet.