South Dorset MP Mourns Loss of Lady T
4:58pm 8th April 2013
(Updated 11:19am 9th April 2013)
Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, has spoken of Baroness Thatcher, saying that ‘she was a remarkable lady, a force of nature and transformed British politics.’
Drax, who met the former Mrs Thatcher twice, says he was inspired by her uncompromising view of the world.
‘The sheer force of her character was quite amazing,” he says, “She would come into a room and it lit up. She had a wonderful ability to go to the back of a room and seek out someone there who had never expected to meet her.’
‘She was a gut instinct politician and if you got in the way of her gut instinct, you were trampled upon. In her heyday she was unbeatable. I used to pity Neil Kinnock at Prime Minister’s Questions as he withered under her stinging rebukes from the dispatch box.’
‘At the same time she never forgot her roots. When she visited my regiment at Wellington Barracks, she told us she had just been speaking to Ronald Reagan. He had asked her how he should run the US economy. She told the most powerful man in the world to run it like her parents’ corner shop.’
‘She turned our country around when it was the sick man of Europe. She injected a huge dose of self-belief into Britain, both economically and militarily. Friends of mine, fighting in the Falklands, knew she was behind them all the way and that they could not fail.’
‘The ‘Iron Lady’ - there could be no better nickname for her. She was a fantastic example of how politics should be about a belief in something, rather than spin or focus groups.’
‘How I long for even a pale imitation of her now.’
West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has give us this statement:
"She was a very great force in 20th century politics. She changed not just this country, but many other countries too. She made people around the world realise that the advance of state-socialism was a mistake that could be rectified rather than an inevitable ratchet."