Speeches, etc.

Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Friern Barnet Conservatives (North Ward AGM)

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: North Finchley Library, Finchley
Source: Finchley Press, 6 March 1970
Editorial comments: 2000.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 428
Themes: Commonwealth (South Africa), Taxation, Law & order, Sport, Social security & welfare, Trade union law reform

M.P. outlines three points in Tory policy

Speaking at the annual meeting of Friern Barnet North Ward Conservatives in North Finchley library on Friday. Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, M.P., referred briefly to three of the main items in Conservative policy—reform of the trade unions, taxation, and the much discussed subject of law and order. The meeting was presided over by Cr. W. H. Tangye.

On the reform of the law affecting the trade unions. Mrs. Thatcher said the party are at present hard at work drafting legislation so that this could be put into effect in the first year of the new Conservative administration. It was essential, she said, that a supreme effort should be made to end the present position of near-industrial anarchy in some areas where industry is being threatened by the efforts of a comparatively small but well-organised group of people.

Main Objective

On taxation, Mrs. Thatcher said more and more people are expressing concern about the effect of direct taxation on personal income. The Conservatives had said that one of their main objectives is to reduce direct taxation.

With regard to law and order, Mrs. Thatcher said the country now faces a situation where many people are suffering from the well-organised efforts of a few minorities. Instances of this were the incidents during the recent Springbok tour and the threatened disturbances at the coming cricket tour by the South Africans.

Some protest activities are made easier by the weakness of the present law of trespass. A Conservative Government would strengthen the law so that it can be effective.

Speaking of the proposed Pensions Bill, Mrs. Thatcher said this is an attack by the Labour Government on business occupational pensions schemes. It would not be put into effect by the Conservatives.

Introducing the report of the executive committee, Mr. Leonard Juniper, the committee chairman, thanked all the ward helpers. He said he must again single out for special mention the women's committee for all the work they had done under the direction of their chairman. Mrs. Edna Juniper. They had organised a number of enjoyable social functions and as a result had contributed £155 to ward funds.

Speaking of the recent special appeal for road stewards to help in the coming elections. Mr. Juniper said the answer to the appeal was most gratifying. As a result the district would be covered effectively for the various deliveries which must be made to the 4,000 voters.