Excerpt from:
Margaret Thatcher's Election Victory Interview

June 1979

The Conservative Party has won the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first ever woman prime minister. Mrs Thatcher arrived at Downing Street to take over from James Callaghan after her party won an overall majority of 43 seats.


This afternoon, Mrs Thatcher had this to say about how she felt...


 “Very excited. Very aware of the responsibilities. Her Majesty The Queen has asked me to form a new administration and I have accepted. It is of course the greatest honour that can come to any citizen in a democracy. I know full well the responsibilities that await me as I enter the door of Number 10 and I’ll strive unceasingly to try to fulfil the trust and confidence that the British people have placed in me and the things in which I believe. And I would just like to remember some words of Saint Francis of Assisi which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment. Where there is discord, may we bring harmony? Where there is error, may we bring truth? Where there is doubt, may we bring faith? And where there is despair, may we bring hope. And to all the British people howsoever they have voted, may I say this. Now that the election is over, may we get together and strive to serve and strengthen the country of which we are so proud to be a part.”