Thatcher paid nearly £2,000 for son's rescue, documents reveal

Margaret Thatcher insisted on paying nearly £2,000 towards the search for her son after he went missing in the Sahara desert amid concerns of a public backlash over taxpayers' money being used, newly-released files reveal.

Mark Thatcher with his French co-driver Anne-Charlotte Verney during the 1982 Paris to Dakar rally.
Mark Thatcher with his French co-driver Anne-Charlotte Verney during the 1982 Paris to Dakar rally. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Mark Thatcher went missing for six days in January 1982 during rally, along with his French co-driver, Anne-Charlotte Verney, and their mechanic.

They were eventually found after a search by the Algerian military.

Mark Thatcher's car during the 1982 Paris to Dakar rally Credit: PA/PA Wire

Records released for the first time to the National Archives show that Mrs Thatcher paid a total of £1,784.80 for the search operation to avoid any criticism over costs to British taxpayers.

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