Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Lady T and me

Tonight I attended a fantastic function at which I met Lady Thatcher. I have met her before - once during the 1997 Election when she re-visited her famous "Walk in the Wilderness" in Teeside, and more recently at a function at the Guildhall in London. She asked me where I was candidate for and when I replied Chatham & Aylesford, she reminded me she had herself been a candidate in Kent for the Dartford constituency. I am told by a local councillor that she also tried to become the candidate for Maidstone many years ago but was laughed out of the room for being a woman!

Despite her age and health she circulated the room like a pro - she had men and women of all ages held in utter awe as she engaged in small talk. And I was reminded as to why when I was a school girl she was admired by many women around me - not necessarily for her politics but for her achievement in such a male dominated industry. She is an inspiration to female candidates (quite possibly across all political parties) and it was wonderful to meet her again.


Iain Dale said...


Anonymous said...

Just which one is you ?