Margaret Thatcher: From MP to PM | Mrs Thatcher's journey from Finchley to Downing Street
WRITTEN DOCUMENT 1959
Mr. A.V.D. Gordon, Current Affairs Talks, London
MRS MARGARET THATCHER, M.P. 27th October 1959
Mr. Michael Bowen, Bristol
I have just met Mrs. Thatcher and had not realised that I knew her when she was
Miss Roberts, the Conservative candidate for Dartford, in years gone by. You
should certainly use her for "Any Questions?" with no reservations. I am told
she was a little intense in her Dartford days, but I think that this has now
dropped from her.
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Document Type | Memo
27 October 1959
This memo recommends Margaret Thatcher as a panellist on the political discussion show 'Any Questions?'. Archie Gordon was then Head of Current Affairs for radio and recalls meeting Thatcher when she was standing for election as MP for Dartford in Kent.
Margaret Thatcher appeared on 'Any Questions?' in early 1960 and this is the first surviving recording of her in the BBC archives. When she was the Conservative candidate for Dartford in 1950, Thatcher was just 24 years old and one of the youngest people ever to stand in a general election.
An early and witty performance by Margaret Thatcher on this political panel show.
The first profile of Margaret Thatcher as Minister for Education.
Why Margaret Thatcher was dubbed 'Thatcher, Thatcher Milk Snatcher'.
Nice hats - the truth behind the 'Tory lady' stereotype.
How important are cosmetics to women in public life?
An exploration of the experiences of women in domestic politics.
School children interrogate Margaret Thatcher.
Anthony King talks politics, history and poetry with Margaret Thatcher.
'Do you think the country is ready for a woman Prime Minister?'
The battle for leadership intensifies as the party prepares for a second ballot.
Margaret Thatcher's first interview after becoming Conservative Party leader.
Margaret Thatcher outlines her policies for running the country.
The launch of the Conservative manifesto for the 1979 general election.
Who will win? The eve of the general election in 1979.
Margaret Thatcher has an overall majority in Parliament.
The results come in from Margaret Thatcher's Finchley constituency.
'Where there is discord, may we bring harmony': Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister.
A letter asking Margaret Thatcher to take part in a radio programme.
A memo to the producer of 'Any Questions?' about Margaret Thatcher.
Production notes from an interview with Margaret Thatcher on 'Woman's Hour'.
Production notes from a discussion about punishment of offenders with Margaret Thatcher.
A memo on the suitability of Margaret Thatcher for television appearances.
Nicholas Harman outlines plans for a profile of Margaret Thatcher on 'Panorama'.
The Controller of Educational Broadcasting gives a rundown of Margaret Thatcher's interests in the BBC.
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