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Caroline Slocock

Caroline Slocock was the first woman Private Secretary at No. 10 and was Private Secretary (Home Affairs) between 1989 and 1991 to Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Her passion for equality and progressive social change are reflected in her subsequent career. After leaving No. 10, she worked to change the culture and working practices of the Treasury and reform the public expenditure system and public services. At the Department for Education and Skills, she oversaw a national expansion of childcare and nursery education. Between 2002 and 2007, she was the Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Caroline currently runs the think tank Civil Exchange and A Better Way, a leadership network dedicated to improving services and strengthening communities. She is the author of 'People Like Us: Margaret Thatcher and Me' about Mrs Thatcher's last 18 months in office and, before going to No 10, she worked as a Private Secretary to Lord Young when he was Secretary of State for Employment.
Thatcher: The End
Admirers and detractors alike agree that Margaret Thatcher’s premiership changed the country. The final years of her tenure continue to fascinate and we are joined by two insiders from this crucial period. Employment Secretary David Young was drafted in to run her 1987 campaign and his diaries Inside Thatcher’s Last Election reveal paranoia, personality clashes and a very different woman from the one we thought we knew. People Like Us: Margaret Thatcher ...