Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM | Mrs Thatcher's journey from Finchley to Downing Street
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 31 August 1974
DURATION | 28 minutes 33 seconds
In this lengthy interview, Margaret Thatcher discusses her interests and home life as well as her political influences. Anthony King probes her relationship with her parents and children, and talks about her working life before the start of her political career. Thatcher reveals some surprising interests, such as collecting porcelain and watching impressionist Mike Yarwood. She also shows how her love of poetry has a practical political application.
This interview was conducted after the Conservative Party had narrowly lost the election in February 1974. At this point, Margaret Thatcher was shadow Secretary of the Environment. Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson called another general election in November in which he got a three-seat majority.
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