Twenty years ago today, Margaret Thatcher announced that she would resign as prime minister and as leader of the Conservative Party. This is how the BBC reported it at the time:
In honour of this, the New Statesman‘s Thatcher special last week asked for memories, analysis, and opinion from commentators and figures close to Thatcher at the time. In case you missed it, here’s a recap:
Roy Hattersley analyses Thatcher’s legacy — which Tony Blair soon picked up.
John Sergeant, then of the BBC, recalls how the Iron Lady’s resignation was the making of him. Her chancellor Geoffrey Howe also shares his thoughts, as does Oona King, before her own life in politics.
Laurie Penny considers what Thatcher means to the younger generation.
And finally, Dominic Sandbrook speculates on what might have been if she’d clung on for another term.