Sir Malcolm Rifkind speaks at Thatcher statue fundraiser
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is the guest speaker at a champagne reception and charity auction tonight in aid of Grantham Museum’s project to commission a statue of Britain’s first female Prime Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s home town.
Sir Malcolm, one of only four ministers to serve throughout the leaderships of both Mrs Thatcher and John Major, is attending the event at the museum which runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will unveil some new exhibits.
He was elected as MP for Pentlands in 1974, and when the Conservatives returned to power under Margaret Thatcher in 1979 he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
At the time of the Falklands War he was transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and promoted to Minister of State in 1983.
He became Secretary of State for Scotland in 1986, Secretary of State for Transport in 1990, and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence.
From 1995 to 1997 Sir Malcolm was Foreign Secretary and was knighted in 1997 in recognition of his public service.
This Sunday would have been Baroness Thatcher's 88th birthday.