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Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher refused free ironing board

MARGARET Thatcher, currently appearing as Meryl Streep in the cinemas, was once, according to papers released by the national archives, embroiled in a row over the No 10 ironing board. The iron lady was the ironing lady.

To make Downing Street ready for Mrs Thatcher’s moving in, the public purse invested £1,836 in a sprucing up, including £464 on bedding, “replacement crockery” for  £209  and £19 for an ironing board.

Nick Sanders, Mrs Thatcher’s private secretary, was unimpressed. He wrote to Whitehall mandarins:

“This must not happen again. It is all too likely that such information will be picked up and used against the Prime Minister at question time.”

Maggie wrote:

“I will pay for the ironing board.”

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Posted: 30th, December 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment