Typed letter signed to Labour MP Arthur Lewis, responding to a suggestion for chairman of the BBC.3 March 1983 Stock Code: 145682
Margaret Thatcher writes to then-Labour MP Arthur Lewis: "Thank you for your note of 1 March. Both Willie Whitelaw and I will bear in mind Diana Neave's name when thinking about a successor to George Howard. I am grateful for the suggestion. Yours sincerely Margaret".
George Howard was the then chairman of the BBC, his term ending that year; Lewis here recommends Diana Neave, the wife of Thatcher's Shadow Northern Irish Secretary Airey Neave, who was assassinated by the IRA in 1979. Howard was in fact replaced by Stuart Young.
Lewis (1917-1998) was a Labour MP from 1945 to 1983, a tenure of nearly four decades over three constituencies. On the right of the Labour Party, he was deselected by his constituency party members in early 1983, and lost his seat in that year's General Election, failing to win as an Independent Labour candidate.
Single sheet, 209 x 149 mm, on Downing Street letterhead.
In excellent condition.
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