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  1. Phil Hornby

Heseltine: "No regrets ..."

It's twenty-five years this month. 25 years since the Oxfordshire MP Michael Heseltine, challenged Mrs Thatcher for the Tory leadership.

What does he regret about those days? Did he really think he was going to win? Now he's 83 and looks back over those heady events, what keeps him awake at night ? And - why was the man they called "Tarzan" on a trip to the zoo when he realised the game was up?

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, November 2015

The world seems a more dangerous place after the events in Paris last weekend. How safe are we in the south and south east? What more should we do? Debating Syria, the terrorist threat, and spending on policing :- John Howell MP, Henley (Con); Naushabah Khan, Medway (Lab); Tim Aker MEP, Thurrock (UKIP).

And it's twenty-five years since the Oxfordshire MP, Michael Heseltine challenged Mrs Thatcher for the leadership. He told us about his memories of those days - and we asked him what does he think of when he lies awake at night?


Reflecting on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher

In this week's Last Word Steve Brine MP, the Winchester conservative; Mike Thornton MP, who won the Eastleigh by-election for the Lib Dems last month; and Victoria Groulef, who has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Reading West, debate the legacy of Baroness Thatcher.

They also assess their respective chances for the local elections next month. At the moment, the shire counties of southern England are solid blue. Come May 2nd, will they still look that way?

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Margaret Thatcher was 'the best boss I ever had'

Former chief policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher, John Redwood, described her as "the best boss I ever had".

"We had to work very long hours to keep up with her," he said.

Fighting back tears he said:

The most moving moment inside the cathedral was when they opened up the great doors and we could hear the noise outside.

It was exactly the kind of tribute you would hope for - we are grieving a loss but also commemorating a life well-led, an extraordinarily active life.

Asked about protests, he simply said: "It is a free country."


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