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Saturday 20 September 2014

Thatcher kicked out at ‘karate ladies’

Japanese politicians had planned to provide Margaret Thatcher with 20 “karate ladies” as personal security for the new Prime Minister at an economic summit in Tokyo in June 1979.

A letter from the Lord Privy Seal to the Foreign Office detailed Cabinet Secretary Sir John Hunt's concerns.

It said: “If other delegation leaders, for example, are each being assigned 20 karate gen tlemen, the Prime Minister would have no objection to this; but she does not wish to be singled out.

“She has not had in the past and does not have now any female Special Branch officers.”

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