It is Lady Thatcher's 85th birthday today and I am proud to say that I have met her three times. She was the first female Prime Minister in England and is a true Conservative.
Even at the BBC they managed to make a video of her achievements!
Here is a picture of us together at our first meeting back in 2002 when I was only 20 years old:
To celebrate her birthday today this picture is my profile pic on facebook and I think that this extract from her speech shows how the Big Society has always been part of our agenda:
(from Grant Tucker on Iain Dale's Diary)
“[The Big Society] is one in which people do not leave it to the person next door to do the job.
It is one in which people help each other.
Where parents put their children first.
Friends look out for the neighbours, families for their elderly members.
That is the starting point for care and support—the unsung efforts of millions of individuals, the selfless work of thousands upon thousands of volunteers.
It is their spirit that helps to bind our society together.
Caring isn't measured by what you say:
It's expressed by what you do.”