‘End of an Era’: Sir Malcolm Rifkind Remembers Margaret Thatcher

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind became a Member of Britain’s Parliament in 1974 when Margaret Thatcher’s star was on the rise. He went on to serve in her government and in that of her successor, John Major—one of the longest uninterrupted Ministerial services in British political history. Sir Rifkind, who is now chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, spoke with TIME about his admiration for–and disagreements with–the Iron Lady.

What was your reaction to the news of Baroness Thatcher’s death?

That it’s an end of an era. I was a member of her government for the whole eleven years she was Prime Minister, so I have a lot of personal memories of her.

What are your earliest memories of Thatcher?

My first memories of her was when I entered the House of Commons in February 1974. We had just lost the election under Ted Heath, and Thatcher, who was one of his…

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