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Margaret Thatcher: BBC biography
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A short BBC video and audio presentation on the career of Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister from 1979-1990.

Margaret Thatcher: I think the toughest thing of my childhood was that my father taught me very firmly indeed: “You do NOT follow the crowd.”

This is where, em, I learned to see and talk to so many people and talk easily. I loved it! There were always people coming in.

And my father was a local councillor, and they’d often come in to have a word with him about something.

It was easy in the sense that one pretty well knew what the result was going to be. It had a good Conservative majority. But we worked jolly hard at it, we worked jolly hard to keep it that way.

I don’t think that there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime. And I don’t think it depends on so much whether it is a man Prime Minister or a woman Prime Minister as whether that person is the right person for the job.

Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new administration, and I have accepted. It is of course the greatest honour that can come to any citizen in a democracy.

To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the ‘U-turn’, I have only one thing to say: “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”

After successful attacks last night, General Moore decided to press forward. The Argentinians retreated. They are reported to be flying white flags over Port Stanley.

You hear about these atrocities, these bombs, but you don’t expect them to happen to you. But life must go on.

Your leadership has made America strong and confident again, and we in Britain should like to say thank you for being such a staunch and loyal ally to this country and to Europe.

Of course the Chairman or the President of the Commission, Mr. Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No. No. No.

Ladies and gentlemen. We are leaving Downing Street for the last time after eleven and a half wonderful years, and we are very happy that we leave the United Kingdom in a very very much better state than when we came here eleven and half years ago

They gave Britain confidence in herself once again and we will once again live up to our great history.