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Thatcher: mistress of all she surveyed

Margaret Thatcher's triumphant second term sowed the seeds of her downfall, says Jesse Norman

By Jesse Norman MP   December 2015

Enemies within: Thatcher with her rivals Michael Heseltine and John Major. © Brian Harris/Rex Shutterstock

In 1982 Margaret Thatcher led a British delegation to Beijing to discuss the vexed question of Hong Kong. They were given second-rate accommodation, and most of the Chinese leadership deliberately stayed away from the British banquet at the Great Hall of the People. But matters really hit rock bottom back at the hotel when Denis Thatcher discovered that he…

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