Part of my dogsbody job during the 1983 election was choosing Mum's missile-proof clothes. They had to be disposable.
Carol Thatcher 2001
Peel's smile is like the silver plate on a coffin.
Daniel O'Connell 26/02/1835
On Sir Robert Peel
Nobody knows me. Why should they? I just tell people I'm the one that looks like Edwina Currie.
Gillian Shephard 04/1992
On her appointment as Employment Secretary.
If she would only occasionally come in with a smut on her nose, her hair dishevelled, looking as if she's been wrestling with her soul, as I do.
Personally, I am a great believer in bed, in constantly keeping horizontal...the heart and everything else go slower, and the whole system is refreshed.
Henry Campbell-Bannerman 11/09/1906
Margaret Thatcher has one great advantage - she is a daughter of the people and looks trim, as the daughter of the people desire to be. Shirley Williams has such an advantage over her because she's a member of the upper-middle class and can achieve the kitchen-sink revolutionary look that one cannot get unless one has been to a really good school.
Dame Rebecca West
To Jilly Cooper
Two large prominent eyes that rolled about to no purpose (for he was utterly short-sighted) a wide mouth, thick lips and inflated visage, gave him the air of a blind trumpeter. A deep untuneable voice which, instead of modulating, he enforced with unnecsessary pomp, a total neglect of his person, and ignorance of every civil attention, disgusted all who judge by appearance.
On Lord North
The Prime Minister is stealing our clothes but he is going to look pretty ridiculous walking around in mine.
Margaret Thatcher 1974
It makes life very simple actually. You could be giving a TV interview in howling gale and it no longer matters.
On his baldness
I am not going to go round trying to make people say 'Wow!'... I'm not going to play Hollywood lookalikes.
Iain Duncan Smith
Several things, she's got a good pair of legs.
In answer to a question on what attracted him to Margaret Thatcher
May I say that my Right Honourable Friend the Prime Minister is looking jolly nice today?
Edwina Currie 07/1990
At Prime Minister's Questions just after announcing she thought the Prime Minister should retire
Ladies & Gentlemen, I stand before you tonight in my green chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, my hair softly waved. The Iron Lady of the western world? Me? A cold warrior? Well, yes - if that is how they wish to interpret my defence of the values and freedom fundamental to our way of life.
Margaret Thatcher 20/01/1976