Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM | Mrs Thatcher's journey from Finchley to Downing Street

Panorama | Mrs Thatcher

The first profile of Margaret Thatcher as Minister for Education.

CHANNEL | BBC 1

FIRST BROADCAST | 27 July 1970

DURATION | 19 minutes 10 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1970

Synopsis

Amid the controversy over new policies for comprehensive schools, 'Panorama' follows Margaret Thatcher during an average day as Minister of State for Education. The programme includes footage of Thatcher at her homes in Kent and Chelsea, a visit to Highbury Grove Comprehensive School in Islington and an extensive interview

Did you know?

The head teacher at Highbury Grove school at the time of Margaret Thatcher's visit was Rhodes Boyson. Boyson was then a Conservative councillor and became MP for Brent North in 1974. Despite disagreeing with Thatcher over the issue of comprehensive schools, Boyson became a strong advocate of Thatcherite politics and a minister in her government in the 1980s.

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