Maitland, Olga (3 of 11). The History of Parliament Oral History Project
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2016-07-25; 2016-08-05; 2016-08-19; 2016-08-24
Interviewee's home, London
Maitland, Olga, 1944- (speaker, female)
Peplow, Emma, 1984- (speaker, female)
Part 3: Reflection on experience as woman candidate, mention Emma Nicholson’s candidacy. Finals in four seats, lots of experience but thinks would do better today with more confidence. Tense experience. Reflections others’ disappointments when she won Sutton [Peter Bruinvels], description of selection night, “delighted” selected. [5:45] Further reflections selection process – would apply for every safe seat, difficult questions e.g. capital punishment. Tried for Richmond – reflection on differences rural/urban constituencies and economies. Pleased to get a London seat, difficult to live in constituency long way away. Reflection on MPs’ expenses and second homes. [9.30] Reflection on finances as MP, difficult with two homes, lucky with husband working. Children in school. Profile from WFD helped. [12.00] Reflections on constituency, felt safe seat (changed after 1997). Reflections on strengths of Lib Dems in constituency and growing. Difficulties then of Conservative campaigning, considered “old-fashioned”. Felt doorstep campaigning “pretty useless”. [16:45] Reflections problems canvassing. Different before social media but still polling difficult. [17:50] good relationship with constituency party, especially later party chair. Reflections on national position of Conservatives 1990s, Major and Maastricht. [20:50] Not believe Europe campaign issue in 1992, concerns more domestic. Surgeries and domestic problem. Interested in people. Office in constituency.
Life story interview with Lady Maitland (1944-), former Conservative Member of Parliament.