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Chairman of the meeting Katie Gwyther (17) accompanies Sir Bernard Ingham
Chairman of the meeting Katie Gwyther (17) accompanies Sir Bernard Ingham

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MARGARET Thatcher’s former press secretary made a strong impression on students at a school in Southsea.

Sir Bernard Ingham kept his audience at St John’s College entertained with a number of anecdotes which gave a personal insight into the character and achievements of the country’s first and only female prime minister.

Katie Gwyther, 17, who chaired the meeting, said: ‘Sir Bernard was very engaging and interesting.

‘His talk about Margaret Thatcher tied in with what we are studying in history, especially foreign policy and her downfall.

‘Listening to Sir Bernard was extremely useful as he gave a real insight into what it was like to work for Mrs Thatcher.’

She added: ‘I asked him whether he felt Mrs Thatcher put too much emphasis on relations between England and the USA – he said the relationship did come under strain at times, but all in all it was a good working relationship.’

Zadeda Begum, 17, said: ‘Sir Bernard’s talk was humorous as well as interesting, and he answered our questions directly – without diverting.’