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1971 Oct 20 We
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Synagogue Ladies Guild Annual Lunch

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: Finchley Synagogue, Finchley
Source: Finchley Times, 29 October 1971
Editorial comments: Time uncertain.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 242

An extremely full life for Mrs Thatcher

MRS MARGARET THATCHER leads an “extremely full” life as a politician … her working day begins when she leaves home at 8.15 a.m. and she rarely gets to bed before 1.30 a.m.

“But you cannot get away from politics if it gets into your bloodstream.” said the 46-year-old Minister for Education and MP for Finchley, when she spoke to members of Finchley Synagogue Ladies' Guild on the life of a politician.

She said that despite her busy life, “it is no good in politics if a politician ever loses the common touch.”

Of her role as a Cabinet Minister, she said: “At any moment there could be about 150 applications in the department to change the nature of a school or its age range.

“I cannot do everything myself—but I am answerable for everything.”

Mrs Ruth Rabinowitz, proposing a vote of thanks, said “I thought Members of Parliament earned their money easily.

“But I have been disillusioned today.”


Mrs Rabinowitz is chairman of the Association of United Synagogues Ladies' Guild.

The lunch was held to aid the Chief Rabbi 's Emergency Appeal on behalf of Russian Jewry. Mrs Gaby Goldblatt was hostess.

Before the lunch Mrs Thatcher spoke to some of the children who receive kosher meals at the synagogue.

There are about 300 of them, aged from five to 19.