Boris Johnson said today: “Margaret Thatcher freed millions of people to buy their own homes and buy shares in British companies. She ended the defeatism and pessimism of the post-war period and unleashed a spirit of enterprise. She fought against the clubby, cosy, male-dominated consensus of both main parties – and she won. Her beliefs – in thrift, hard work, and proper reward for merit – were not always popular. But her legacy is colossal.”

For me May 1979 was a very special month in my life. Mrs Thatcher inspired me to develop my own business life and help others to achieve what they want. She defeated communism and helped to bring the Cold War to an end. Britain was in terminal decline in 1979. She gave people the confidence to try harder and aspire for a better life. I never met here which is a great regret.

Mrs T thank you.