Following the recall of both Houses on Wednesday for tributes to Baroness Thatcher, I thought it appropriate that the quiz should focus on the era of the Thatcher Government. The number of peers speaking in Wednesday’s sitting reflected the experience many had during the period of the Thatcher premiership. This explains both the length of the sitting – almost twice the length expected – and the number of MPs who came to the bar of the House to listen, including the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. As usual, the first two readers to supply the correct answers will be the winners.
1. I am a writer, a former Chief of Staff for the Conservative Party, and was the first person to tell Margaret Thatcher that she had won the 1979 general election. Who am I?
2. I am the only Cabinet Secretary from the Thatcher premiership who served one Prime Minister. Who am I?
3. I am a Labour peer and minister at the Methodist chapel in London that Margaret Thatcher supported. Who am I?
4. I am a historian, I sit on the cross benches, and I was Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies throughout the period of the Thatcher premiership. Who am I?
5. I spent twenty years in the Diplomatic Service before serving as Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Who am I?