Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM | Mrs Thatcher's journey from Finchley to Downing Street
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1959
2nd October 1959
Mrs. M. Thatcher
Finchley Conservative Association,
267 Ballards Lanes
London. N. 12.
Dear Mrs. Thatcher,
We are hoping to include next Sunday in "Home for the Day" (the Sunday supplement
to Woman's Hour) an interview with two new women M.P.'s - one Conservative and
one Labour - on the assumption that at least one new woman on each side is elected.
The programme and therefore the interview - is pre-recorded on the Friday morning
at 11.00 a.m., which as I realise, is rather soon after the election results are
out! I am therefore writing to several of the women candidates in 'safe' or
'marginal' seats, including yourself, asking if you would be able to come to
Broadcasting House on Friday morning, 9th October, if we telephone you to that
effect as soon as the results are out. If so, could you let me know a telephone
number on which you can be got late on Thursday or on Friday morning?
We would so like to be able to introduce two new women M.P.'s to our listeners
next week, but it is dependent upon at least one elected member from each party
being available, which is why I am approaching several in advance.
(Dictated by Miss Joan Yorke and signed in her absence)
HOME FOR THE DAY
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Document Type | Letter
02 October 1959
Margaret Thatcher stood as Conservative candidate for Finchley in the 1959 general election. This letter asks, in the event of her winning, if she would be prepared to participate in a radio programme about becoming an MP.
Margaret Thatcher evidently recorded the interview on 9 October 1959 and it was broadcast on 11 October. It would have been her first broadcast interview as a Member of Parliament. Unfortunately, as with many programmes from this period, it was not retained for the archives
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