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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 5, 1975 First woman prime minister? MRS MARGARET THATCHER FOR SALE! THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR An international Daily Newspaper At The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM Cornir 12th 4th s. Opm 12 Noon to 2 p.m. TUM., Sit. PETTICOAT LANE Middlesex Street in London, England, is popularly known as Petticoat Lane. YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328'3694 LONDON (AP) Two years ago Margaret Thatcher said she did not think a woman would become prime minister of Britain "in my lifetime." Tuesday her fellow British Conservatives may have changed her mind. Mrs. Thatcher finished top of the poll Tuesday in a ballot for the leadership of the op- position Conservative party, winning 130 votes, only 9 short of the majority she will need to win on the next ballot. As leader she could almost'cer- tainly rely on becoming Britain's first woman prime minister one day. Two years ago the former education secretary told a television interviewer: "I would not wish to be prime minister. I do not have enough experience for that job." But that was before she de- cided to challenge former prime minister Edward Heath for the Tory party leadership. Mrs. Thatcher, 49, has often been called "the Dresden shepherdess" by her critics. But her reaction to those who marvel at the steely core that lied behind those baby blue eyes emerged recently when an interviewer asked her if Britain was ready for a woman leader amid the worst economic crisis since the Se- cond World War. "thats totally the wrong she snapped. "What is relevant is who is the right person to lead Bri- tain at this time, Whether the person is a man or a woman does not count." Her only experience of of- fice was four years as educa- tion minister in the Conser- vative government elected in 1970. The opposition Laborites named her "Thatcher the school rnilk snatcher" when she abolished free milk in schools. Mrs. Thatcher .did her cam- paign for the Conservative leadership no good last year when she casually announced she hoarded canned food as a hedge against inflation. Her wellstocked larder became an issue of contention at a time of bread and sugar shortages and while the Labor govern- ment was urging housewives not to hoard food. Politically, she opposes many of the policies of Edward Heath, the former prime minister whom she ousted in the party leadership ballot. Heath offended many of his followers with such policies as giving government aid to shaky industries. Mrs. Thatcher believes in what many Conservatives regard as the traditional virtues of hard work, rugged independence and thrift. Her social background is similar to Heath's..Both came from relatively humble origins. Heath's father was a carpenter. Mrs. Thatcher is the daughter of a grocer with a small store in Grantham, a market town in Lincolnshire about 100 miles north of Lon- don. Born Margaret Hilda Roberts, she soon showed intelligence, grit and driving ambition. She was a brilliant student at high school and qualified as a research chemist at Oxford Uni- versity. She then turned to the law and was admitted to the bar as a taxation expert. She entered politics while still at university and became president of the Conservative club there. She married Denis Thatcher, an oil company ex- ecutive, and they had twins, a boy and a girl, now 21. She failed to win election to the British House of Commons in 1950 and 1951 when she ran in the staunchly Laborite dis- trict of Dartford in Kent. Her third try proved lucky in 1959 when she was elected for Finchley in North London. Until she became education minister she was the Con- servative opposition's spokes- man in Parliament for trans- portation, power, housing and pensions. At present she speaks for the party on economic affairs. Mrs. Thatcher has gained a minor reputation for her large collection of hats which range from austere black to flam- boyant striped turbans. She manages her household as ably as she does her political career, and is not afraid that becoming prime minister might harm her family life. "You can imagine that I did not take this decision without consulting my family very closely and they are complete' ly behind she said. Comedian Gregory produces new JFK evidence Supersonic flights would cause cancer WASHINGTON (Reuter) Flights by a proposed fleet of 375 Anglo-French Concorde supersonic jet planes would cause pases of skin cancer in the United States within 20 years, says a University of California professor. The findings of Prof. Harold Johnston were presented Tuesday by Representative Lester Wolff, a New York Democrat. He said Johnston's study sharply contradicted a recent transportation department report which said that supersonic aircraft would not damage the earth's at- mosphere. The study, based on the department's own statistics, showed that supersonic aircraft like the Concorde would damage the earth's ozone layer and thereby cause an un- safe amount of ultraviolet light from the sun to penetrate the Wolfe, in a speech to the House of Representatives, said the federal environmental protection agency has pro-, jected that 375 Concordes are planned to be in operation by 1990. Gregory claims Kennedy victim of CIA plot WASHINGTON (AP) Comedian Dick Gregory gave the Rockefeller commission what he said Tuesday was new evidence that President John F. Kennedy was the victim of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) assassination plot. Gregory's claim was based on amateur movie film of the assassination and on a new- spaper photograph made soon afterward. 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Jordan suffered a heart at- tack in September while per- orming in Sparks, Nev., and another apparent heart attack ook his life at his home here Tuesday. Jordan was singing and ilaying alto saxphone with Jand leader Chick Webb at the lavoy Ballroom in New York n the 1930s when he put ogether his own quintet. He immediately recorded