Baroness Thatchers' Death

Statement on Baroness Thatcher’s death

Council Leader recalls former PM’s 1983 visit to Longwell Green


Commenting on the sad death of the UK’s first female and longest-serving Prime Minister, South Gloucestershire Conservative Group and Council Leader Cllr John Calway (Longwell Green) said:


Today we have lost a giant of British politics. As our first female and longest-serving Prime Minister, she rose everyday to reverse our country’s decline and make it stronger – and she succeeded where others failed. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.”


The Longwell Green councillor added:


I have particularly fond memories of her visit to Longwell Green in 1983 when she came to officially open a newly-completed extension to the community centre and then stayed to have lunch with the local elderly luncheon club. She received a tremendous welcome from local people and made everyone feel at ease. Nobody could have forgotten that day – I certainly have not.”


The Thornbury and Yate Conservative Association, echo the sentiments of Cllr. Calway, the Association Chairman, Barry Ansell, adding  "Both young and old owe her a great debt of gratitude. She will live long in our hearts and in the annals of this Country"