From the archives: Thatcher flays socialists in final Commons performance

May 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

The Bank Holiday Weekend was a Thatcher-fest, with BBC Parliament showing all 15 hours of its coverage of the landmark 1979 election – it is still available on the iPlayer.

Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 4th 1979 and held office for more than 11 years.

While there were no cameras in the House of Commons to record her first Prime Minister’s Questions, they were there for her final appearance, on November 22nd 1990.

Here is a clip of her famous swansong performance, defending her government’s policies. A young Simon Hughes is among the MPs who tackled her.

Click here to read the full Thatcher transcript.

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