Alan Clark witnessed the dramatic scene after Margaret Thatcher narrowly failed to defeat Michael Heseltine's challenge for the Conservative leadership in 1990. Clark talked with the then Prime Minister as her support ebbed away. (Extract from The Diaries of Alan Clark).
As Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher appeared to have little time for the arts and literature, as the novelist, Julian Barnes, observed. (Extract from Letters from London).
In 2001, Lady Thatcher remained a formidable campaigner, as Matthew Parris witnessed. (Extract from Chance Witness', first published in The Times).
In October 1990, Margaret Thatcher made no attempt to conceal her deep hostility to further European integration. Her outspoken comments were witnessed by Peter Jenkins, the political columnist, who reported the scene in 'The Independent'.
This extract is included in a 10-part series of brief extracts from diverse writings that follow Margaret Thacher's rise and fall as a political leader.