Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, 1979
The Cabinet of Margaret Thatcher is made up of the advisors, allies, and colleagues of one of the most controversial and influential Prime Ministers in British History. This powerful group has to make critical decisions to deal with the economic crisis facing Britain as well as the Falklands Crisis. Cabinet Ministers will face the consequences of their actions through constant crises and developments.
As a continuous crisis committee, Thatcher’s Cabinet is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Margaret Thatcher is undeniably one of the most influential and controversial British Prime Ministers of the 20th Century. As her Cabinet, delegates will be thrust into an economy in shambles, an unstable geopolitical situation, and the Troubles in Ireland. Solutions must be multifaceted and original if Britain is to continue as a Global Power. The year is 1979 and United Kingdom’s future lies in the hands of the Cabinet.
Cabinet Secretary: Robert Armstrong
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Cecil Parkinson
Chancellor of the Exchequer: Sir Geoffrey Howe
Chief of the Defence Staff: Sir Terence Lewin
Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service: Sir Arthur Franks
Director General of the Security Service: Howard Smith
Downing Street Press Secretary: Bernard Ingham
Leader of the House of Commons: Norman St John-Stevas
Leader of the Opposition: Michael Foot
Lord Chancellor: Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister: Clive Whitmore
Secretary of State for Defence: Francis Pym
Secretary of State for Employment: James Prior
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lord Carrington
Secretary of State for Industry: Keith Joseph
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Humphrey Atkins
Secretary of State for Scotland: George Younger
Secretary of State for the Environment: Michael Heseltine
Secretary of State for the Home Department: William Whitelaw
Secretary of State for Wales: Nicholas Edwards
Omar Kassam | Director
Omar is in grade 11 at St. George’s School, and has the distinct honour of serving as the Director of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet. Having delegated in previous iterations of this committee, Omar is excited to uphold its legacy as one of the most challenging and exhilarating committees at VMUN, and promises that the committee is in the hands of a British history expert. Outside of Model UN, Omar can be found attempting to learn Latin, binge-watching political dramas and satires, and reading dystopian novels. With the conference drawing nearer and preparations for the committee in full swing, Omar can’t wait to meet the delegates, and get the crises underway.
Mateo Murr | Chair
Mateo Murr is currently a grade 11 student at St.Michaels University School. He is ecstatic that he will be a Chair for Thatcher’s Cabinet He started MUN in grade 8 having no idea what he was getting himself into. Now, he can hardly wait for the next MUN. Mateo is interested in history, Canadian politics, investing and debating. When Mateo is not busy preparing for MUN, he can be found hanging out and playing video games with his friends, playing devil’s advocate, so he can debate people more often and look at browsing the web. Mateo passing his MUN knowledge and wisdom other delegates, that he himself has learned from past chairs as well as listening to the high level of debate his committee has to offer.
Victor Shmulevich | Crisis Staff
Victor Shmulevich is a senior student at the Westside School. Being involved with Model UN for three years, it is his first time as a committee staff member. With international affairs as his passion, Victor has attended International Affairs seminars in Yale, Madison, and Anchorage. In his spare time, Victor enjoys a good hot cocoa in the winter, and vanilla ice cream in the summer, with a side of strawberries, of course. Victor is excited to get to know all members of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet of 1979!
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.