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Wednesday 7 October 2015

Thatcher kicked out at ‘karate ladies’

Published 30/12/2009

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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