Councillor calls for Grantham to make the most of Margaret Thatcher links

Grantham should “absolutely” make more of its links with Margaret Thatcher as Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

This is the view of Conservative councillor and Grantham Museum board member Richard Davies, talking to the Journal following the announcement of Baroness Thatcher’s death earlier today.

Councillor Richard Davies.

Councillor Richard Davies.

She died following a stroke, aged 87.

Coun Davies, who has helped launch a campaign as a member of the Grantham Community Heritage Association, which runs the museum, to raise funds for a statue of Grantham’s most famous daughter, believes her ties to the market town should not be denied.

He said: “Even if you don’t agree with her, and a lot of people don’t, quite rightly they don’t because she’s quite a controversial figure in some ways, you can’t deny that a Grantham girl went on to be a Prime Minister.

“Anywhere else, I think, people would have appealed to that a bit sooner but I think now, if we can start to come to terms with it and explore her legacy a bit more and have more of a frank, rational discussion, then that can only be a good thing.”

When asked about the increasing negative comments about Baroness Thatcher on Twitter, Coun Davies replied: “Isn’t it ironic that a woman who did so much for freedom of expression and civil liberties and fought against regimes that don’t allow people those types of freedoms is sometimes subject to them. Well, we live in a free country and you have to take the rough with the smooth.

“I don’t think she was bothered.”

* Watch the video for more from Coun Davies.

* For more on the life of Margaret Thatcher, both here in Grantham and during her years in politics see our 16-page special supplement in Friday’s Journal

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