Archive (Thatcher MSS)
Personal and party papers, Cambridge

General Election: MT draft (St Francis’s Prayer) [“moving & beautiful song of St Francis”] [released 2015]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: THCR 1/20/6/8/4 f101
Editorial comments: This is probably the penultimate draft of the St Francis speech, jettisoned in favour of jotted headings on a tiny file card small enough to conceal in the palm of the hand. The term ‘song’ perhaps suggests unease on MT’s part with the thought of delivering a prayer on the steps of No.10. But in the end, prayer it was.
Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 1p
Themes: Conservatism, General Elections, Leadership, Religion & morality, Famous statements by MT