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I Love Mondays: The autobiography of Sir Alec Reed CBE by Judi Bevan, Alec Reed

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CHAPTER 12Flirting with politics

I HAVE ALWAYS FOLLOWED the political news, and I enjoyed my years in the Young Conservatives, although my motives for joining were as much social as anything else. In a way, once I had met Adrianne that evening in 1959, the organisation had served its purpose. After starting Reed in 1960, I became immersed in my business and then family life as well, and I gave up any commitments to the Young Conservatives.

The Labour Party had few attractions for an entrepreneur at that time. Swingeing taxation, red tape and opposition to temps, who were viewed by the trade unions as potential strike breakers, all made our life difficult. Once the Conservatives regained power in 1979, I saw how Margaret Thatcher helped to revitalise ...

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