Mrs. Thatcher, could I ask you to comment? MT
Just a moment. Good evening. Good evening gentlemen. Bernard InghamPressing forward
Where is the microphone? John Sergeant , BBC
It is here. This is the microphone. Sergeant holds microphone out towards MT MT
I am naturally very pleased that I got more than half the Parliamentary Party and disappointed that it's not quite enough to win on the first ballot, so I confirm it is my intention to let my name go forward for the second ballot. Peter Allen , ITN
Isn't the … isn't the vote against you, Mrs. Thatcher, large enough for you to have to acknowledge … MT
Look, I have … Peter Allen , ITN
… that you no longer enjoy the confidence of the party? MT
I have got more than half the votes of the Parliamentary Party. It was not quite the fifteen per cent above those of Mr. Heseltine —I think it's about 14.6 per cent—so it means we have to go for a second ballot, so I confirm that I shall let my name go forward. Journalists
[speaking at once] Prime Minister! Mrs. Thatcher! Does that mean … MT
I must go and do some telephone calls. Journalist
Do you feel at all betrayed by some of the … MT
Thank you very much, thank you. Some minutes later Douglas Hurd also spoke to the press outside the Embassy Douglas Hurd
I would just like to make a brief comment on the ballot result.
The Prime Minister continues to have my full support and I am sorry that this destructive, unnecessary contest should be prolonged in this way. Thank you.