Speeches, etc.

Margaret Thatcher

Written Statement on Mrs Gandhi’s assassination

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: ?No.10 Downing Street
Source: THCR 1/10/76
Editorial comments: The statement - little more than a paraphrase of remarks MT made to the BBC - was issued "on ... departure for New Delhi"; MT’s flight left Heathrow at 1310.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 112
Themes: Foreign policy (Asia), Terrorism

I learn that there is great indignation and distress - rightly in my view - among the Government and people of India about the outrageous behaviour of a tiny minority of irresponsible people in this country who have gloated over Mrs Gandhi's murder, and about the publicity they have received.

I know that I speak for almost everyone in Britain in condemning such despicable behaviour. The people of the United Kingdom were appalled and grieved by the assassination of Mrs Gandhi. They join me and my fellow-Parliamentarians in mourning the loss of a great leader and a great friend.