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1970 May 28 Th
Margaret Thatcher

1970 General Election Address

Document type: speeches
Document kind: Message
Venue: 267 Ballards Lane, Finchley N12
Source: University of Bristol Special Collections
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Exact date of publication not known but shortly after adoption. The text derives from the National Liberal Club collection of election addresses, now deposited at the University of Bristol. The editors are grateful to Michael Richardson for tracing and supplying a copy.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 1193
Themes: Conservatism, Education, Primary education, Secondary education, General Elections, Monetary policy, Public spending & borrowing, Taxation, Housing, Labour Party & socialism, Social security & welfare, Trade union law reform


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267 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N.12

June 1970

Dear Elector,

In my last election address in March 1966 I said that I believed the Government was “trying to get the election over before an unpleasant budget” . Within four months of that prophecy we had another financial crisis, increased taxation and the customary cuts in the government's election promises.

Inflation, the worst for twenty years is with us again. Pensioners and housewives are helpless as they watch the extra shillings eaten up by price rises, many of which have yet to come. Has the Prime Minister once again chosen the election date a few months before the full consequences of his policies are felt by the people?

The things we can do when returned to power will depend upon our economic position. This Government has incurred a record amto debts and successive governments will have to foot the bill. That is why this election address contains very few promises of increased expenditure except that directed to those who deserve our help, namely, old people over 80 years of age who do not have pensions now, some widows and the disabled.

As Conservative candidate for Finchley and Friern Barnet I ask for a renewed vote of confidence on 18th June.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret H. Thatcher

P.S. Every vote counts. We need a massive mandate from the voters for the next Conservative Government. [end p29]


Increased taxation has led to higher prices and more wage demands as people have struggled to retain their standard of living.

If our economy is to flourish and we are to prosper, we must give tax incentives gthose who create the wealth and employment on which our future depends.

Over the lifetime of a Parliament it will be our aim again, as in our previous thirteen years, to reduce the rates of direct taxation on all those who pay tax. We shall abolish the Selective Employment Tax as part of a wider reform of indirect taxation.


We will regularly review retirement pensions to ensure that they at least maintain their purchasing power.

We shall take urgent action to give some pensions as of right to those “over eighties” who now get no retirement pension at all.

We shall introduce a constant attendance allowance for the most seriously disabled.

We shall improve the recent situation where a woman who is just over fifty, when she is widowed gets a pension, but a widow just under fifty gets nothing.

These modest measures will have to be paid for. I believe they all warrant our support. [end p30]


We will strengthen good management and responsible trade unions by establishing fair and up-to-date rules for industrial relations.

A Bill will be introduced in the first session of the new Parliament. It will provide for agreements to be binding on both Unions and Employers. A new Registrar of Trade Unions and Employers' Associations will ensure that their rules are fair, just, democratic and not in conflict with the public interest.


Our education policy will give greater priority to the primary schools, where an inadequate start can so easily affect a whole child's future.

We have special problems in some parts of this area in secondary education. I believe that the timing of re-organisation schemes must take into account the suitability of existing buildings and forthcoming capital programmes.

We are anxious for the teaching profession to have a career structure that will attract recruits of high quality and retain them in teaching.


Our Conservative Manifesto is called “A Better Tomorrow” . This means more than a prosperous tomorrow. We want a nation with high standards of integrity, tolerance and personal responsibility. A nation whose people reject violence as a means of protest. A nation with respect for a just rule of law. A nation whose people believe where things matter both to them as individuals and to the quality of our society. [sic] Our British character is worth conserving and I believe it has much to contribute to the problems of this troubled world.


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The £—the Promise

Devaluation “does not mean of course, that the £ here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank has been devalued” . (Harold Wilson, 19th Nov. 1967, T.V. Broadcast).

The £—the Fact

Since that date the £ in your pocket has been devalued by over 2/-, and it is being daily devalued still further.

HOUSING—the Promises

1. “We have embarked on a massive expansion of the housing programme—reaching by 1970 no less than 500,000 new dwellings. This is not a lightly given promise. It is a pledge. Harold Wilson, 27th March 1966.

2. “We shall cheapen the cost of housing by our interest rate policy” . Harold Wilson, Stevenage, 16th September 1964,

HOUSING—the Facts

1. Last year only 366,793 houses were built—fewer than in 1964.

2. Mortgage rates have never been more expensive. In 1964 the man on the average wage could buy an average-priced house. Now he cannot afford it.


267 Ballards Lane, N12

(Corner of Alexandra Grove)

Tuesday, 16th June

at 8 p.m. Doors open 7.30 p.m. [end p32]


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MARGARET THATCHER was first elected as Member of Parliament for Finchley and Friern Barnet in October, 1959. From the start, mrs has had an outstanding career in Parliament.

In 1961 she was appointed Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions which office she held until 1964 with conspicuous success. From 1964 she was official opposition spokesman for Land, Rates and Housing Matters.

In this Parliament she became well-known for her attacks on James Callaghanthe Chancellor of the Exchequer over taxation, was then promoted to the Shadow Cabinet, first as Shadow Minister for Fuel and Power, then Transport and finally Education, a subject she particularly likes.

It is in Finchley and Friern Barnet that Mrs Thatcher is best known, where her energy and sympathy have won her popular acclaim. Her work on behalf of constituents who have needed her, has been enormous. She has fought injustice, smoothed the way through officialdom and assisted all who have approached her by interview and correspondence. Educated at grammar school and Somerville College, Oxford, Mrs Thatcher took an Honours Degree in Chemistry; after working as a Research Chemist she turned to law and qualified as a Barrister. In 1951, she married Mr Denis Thatcher, who has run a family business. They have two children, Mark ThatcherMark and Carol ThatcherCarol, twins—now 16 years old.


Published by R. Langstone, 267 Ballards Lane, N.12 and printed by J.G. Bryson (Printer) Ltd, 158/164 High Road, N.2.