Latest Margaret Thatcher papers include unheard speech

Margaret Thatcher in 1981  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Margaret Thatcher in 1981 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A copy of the speech Margaret Thatcher never gave due to the Brighton hotel bombing in 1984, are amongst the latest papers released by The Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

A greater insight into the late prime minister born in Grantham is also given by the memoirs of her private secretary for foreign affairs John Coles.

Extracts from the memoirs and letters reveal private conversations between himself and Mrs Thatcher following key moments during her time as PM, including the Conservative victory in 1983, and the Brighton bombing the following year.

Also released is the speech Mrs Thatcher planned to give at the Conservative party conference, but which was never heard in the aftermath of the bombing.

In a copy of the speech which was initially torn up but then stuck back together with tape by Mrs Thatcher, she builds upon her ‘Enemy Within’ speech given to the 1922 Committee, writing: “Several months ago, I used the phrase ‘the enemy within’…I was referring to those people in Britain who are the enemies of freedom and democracy itself.’

However Chris Collins from The Margaret Thatcher Foundation told the BBC that the attack on October 12, 1984 led to a “softening to fit the national mood - and a softening to fit her own stance”.

For more information on the Foundation and their release of papers relating to the former PM, visit www.margaretthatcher.org