Young Britons Renew Commitment to Build 'Thatcher Centre'
Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female Prime Minister and winner of three general elections for the Conservative Party.
Before her death, Lady Thatcher endorsed a plan to safeguard her legacy that was the brainchild of Donal Blaney, the founder of the Young Britons' Foundation, and her close friend, Conor Burns MP.
Plans for the Margaret Thatcher Centre, modelled on the American tradition of presidential libraries and museums, were announced in the days after Lady Thatcher's death and secured the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, and Rupert Murdoch.
Since that announcement, Blaney, a 40 year-old lawyer, and his four-man team have been beavering away to raise seed funding in Britain and the United States.
Having exceeded his initial goal, Blaney has announced that the Margaret Thatcher Centre is already in a position to launch programmes that will teach visitors from around the world about Lady Thatcher's life, values and achievements.
Among the programmes being launched today are a Trans-Atlantic Leadership Initiative that will bring together legislators from across the Anglosphere, a five-step Margaret Thatcher Leadership Programme that will draw on the lessons of her leadership style and the events of her premiership and a series of symposiums that will explore her legacy in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Working with Young America's Foundation, a conservative outreach group that was close to President Reagan, a series of seminars and workshops are also being launched on American campuses to teach students about Margaret Thatcher's remarkable life, values and achievements.
Speaking at Ronald Reagan's Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara where he is leading a group of British conservative students on a study visit, Blaney told Breitbart London: "A year on from the Iron Lady's sad death, we need someone of her mettle today. I am proud to announce the launch of the Margaret Thatcher Centre's programmes in both Britain and America today.
"We need the next generation to learn that when leaders have firm principles and show resolute courage, the values of liberty, democracy and the rule of law - Lady Thatcher's 'holy trinity'- will triumph. There is no more fitting place to launch these programmes than here at the home of her great friend, Ronald Reagan".