Margaret Thatcher dead: Trivia behind the former leader
Mrs Thatcher had a hatred of insects and snakes which bordered on phobia.
Veteran left-winger Tony Benn frequently held Mrs Thatcher up as an example of how a great political party should be led, comparing her with what he regarded as Neil Kinnock’s fudged leadership of the Labour Party.
It was only because Keith Joseph was ruled out of the contest for party leadership over of a controversial speech suggesting that mothers in social classes 4 and 5 have too many children, that Mrs Thatcher stepped into his shoes.
As a child Mrs Thatcher was fond of Gilbert and Sullivan and enjoyeds reading Rudyard Kipling.
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Mrs Thatcher was notoriously bad at negotiating with women, as demonstrated in Delhi when she had talks with Indira Gandhi. The Indian leader also found it very difficult to deal with women and when they emerged from a private meeting the friction was palpable.
The tiny Methodist chapel in which Alf Roberts had preached in Grantham was moved stone by stone to Baker University, Kansas and Mrs Thatcher went there in 1996 to speak about the role of Methodism in her life.