11 Apr 2013
Dear Carol, Mark and family,
I write to extend my deepest condolences and those of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party on the passing of Baroness Thatcher. I understand this will be an extremely sad and difficult time for you personally but I am in no doubt that your mother, and grandmother would take great pride in the dignity and grace you have displayed in sharing this moment with the country.
The tributes paid over the last few days by political friends, opponents and, most importantly, by ordinary people across the United Kingdom, are testament to the esteem in which Baroness Thatcher was, and is, held by so many, and a tribute to her lasting and positive legacy.
Many members of the Scottish Conservative Party have affectionate memories of the conferences Baroness Thatcher addressed during the 1970s and 1980s, most memorable of which were of course her first public address as Prime Minister at Perth City Hall in May 1979, and her speeches in the same venue which launched the Conservative Party’s successful general election campaigns of 1983 and 1987.
That Britain is a better effexor country today as a result of Baroness Thatcher’s Premiership is self-evident. The millions who took the opportunities and reaped the rewards offered through ground-breaking and liberating policies such as the sale of council houses and popular share ownership, enjoyed a level of social mobility previously unthinkable, and bear witness to the profound and lasting changes shaped by her leadership of our country.
But if Baroness Thatcher changed Britain for the better, there are many millions abroad who know from their own experience that she also changed the world for the better too.
Her conviction and resolution, along with that of President Reagan, helped tear down the Berlin Wall, sweep aside the Iron Curtain and free Eastern Europe from the chains of communism.
There can be few world leaders, and still fewer peacetime leaders, whose influence on the world was so immense and to whom so many owe so much.
I hope the many messages you are receiving from across the world provide some comfort at this difficult time.
Rt. Hon. David Mundell MP
Chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party