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MP Mike Freer calls for a ‘Margaret Thatcher Road’ in Finchley

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 April 2013

Mike Freer beside the portait of Margaret Thatcher in Portcullis House, Westminster. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Mike Freer beside the portait of Margaret Thatcher in Portcullis House, Westminster. Picture: Polly Hancock.

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Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer has called for a street in Finchley to be renamed after Margaret Thatcher as a tribute.

The Conservative MP asked Barnet Council to look into the idea after the death of Baroness Thatcher from a stroke on Monday. April 8.

At this stage, it is not known where in Finchley any memorial would be located or whether it would even be a street that would commemorate the former prime minister.

“It is still early days and the council will have to go through its procedure to decide whether it is a road or a building – but I wanted to get them thinking about it,” said Mr Freer.

“She was the MP for Finchley for 33 years and an outstanding constituency MP and I think it is right that the borough recognises her contribution to civic life.”

As MP for the Finchley constituency, which was abolished in 1997, Baroness Thatcher represented a portion of Hampstead Garden Suburb up until 1974 – when boundary changes meant it became part of the Hendon South constituency.

Council leader Richard Cornelius, a Conservative councillor, said: “This is something the council is keen to look into and, while there are no concrete plans as yet, it would be a fitting tribute to someone who served Finchley with such distinction for more than 30 years.”

The council is no stranger to naming buildings and roads after former local politicians, having renamed a road off High Street, in High Barnet, after former Chipping Barnet MP Sydney Chapman.

“There’s a long track record of these kind of tributes in Barnet – we have Sydney Chapman Way and we’ve also got Barbara Langstone House,” said Mr Freer.

East Finchley Labour councillor Arjun Mittra said: “I’m sure many people in Finchley would agree with Mike Freer and we have a tradition in the borough of trying to name roads after former MPs.

“But one thing I would say is that it is three years since Rudi Vis passed away and we would like to see a road named after him.”


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