Dr Julian Lewis: It is a shock for those of us who are old enough to have been politically active in the 1970s and ’80s to realise that a 40-year-old MP today was just four years old when Soviet deployment of deadly SS-20 missiles began in 1977. At the same time, here at home, Labour MPs, including a sitting Cabinet Minister, were being deselected in their constituencies by Marxist and Militant infiltrators. I am pleased that the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Barry Sheerman) rightly acknowledged that it was Margaret Thatcher who saved the Labour Party by forcing it to expel the extremists and return to moderation.

To that I will add another short list which others could undoubtedly extend:

No-one did more than Margaret Thatcher to bury the Far Left at home and defeat totalitarian Leftist extremism abroad. The history of freedom is in her debt, as are we all.