Wandsworth was always Margaret Thatcher’s favourite borough. We had a lot in common – like the Iron Lady herself our council in the early 1980s was something of an outsider.
We were a Conservative administration operating in traditional inner city Labour territory. If we were to be more than a one-term wonder we needed to find a way of connecting with residents from all walks of life.
Margaret’s genius was her intuitive understanding of what really motivated hard-working people. They did not want hand-outs or suffocating state socialism – they just wanted the chance to create a better life – for themselves and their family.