Archive (Thatcher MSS)
Personal and party papers, Cambridge

Northern Ireland: Nick Budgen letter to MT (resigns as Assistant Whip over Northern Ireland Bill) ["I believe that it will create further instability in the Province and that it will undermine the unity of the United Kingdom"]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: Thatcher MSS (Churchill Archive Centre): THCR 1/3/7 f43
Editorial comments: It seems that MT broke with convention and chose not to reply to this letter. The resignation was announced on 8 May and Archie Hamilton was appointed in Budgen's place on 11 May. See THCR 3/4/1/ ff78-79.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 2pp
Themes: Conservative Party (organization), Northern Ireland