Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

I'm not a Thatcherite, says David Cameron

David Cameron, pictured here with the late Margaret Thatcher, has denied being a Thatcherite

David Cameron has denied being a Thatcherite - despite arguing in an interview that "we are all Thatcherites now".

The Prime Minister told the Sunday Times that he was a "tremendous supporter" of his Tory predecessor Baroness Thatcher.

But asked directly whether he was a Thatcherite, Mr Cameron replied: "No...Other people might call me that. I think the label's now... it's slightly become... labels now don't quite mean what they did then."

He went on: "I was a tremendous Mrs Thatcher supporter... The battles she won were so important for our country, but there are now different challenges and things that need to be dealt with."

Pressed on whether he thought there were problems with Lady Thatcher's legacy, Mr Cameron said: "Yes, there are some things that I think needed to be changed."

The premier said he was "trying to reindustrialise Britain" and had been more "socially liberal".

The interview took place before Lady Thatcher's funeral this month.

But on the day of the ceremonial event, Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme many of her reforms had eventually been accepted by all parties."In a sense we are all Thatcherites now," he said.

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