Jimmy Savile's "love" for Margaret Thatcher

Jimmy Savile declared his "love" for Margaret Thatcher in a hand-written letter after being invited to lunch with her, newly released records show. But the star, then an OBE, claimed to have waited a week before writing to the prime minister to avoid appearing "too effusive".

In what now seems to be chilling references, Savile refers to the excitement of his "girl patients" and "paralyzed (sic) lads" at Stoke Mandeville Hospital following his lunch with Thatcher in 1980. The letter is among a series of previously secret files released to the National Archives.

The DJ wrote whilst trying to enlist support for his work to renovate Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He received widespread praise for his work with the hospital. But it has since emerged to be one of a series of places where Savile preyed on vulnerable people, abusing them over decades.