Margaret Thatcher wanted to ban second wives from entering the UK


Margaret Thatcher called for a clampdown on Asian men bringing their second wives to the UK, newly released Cabinet office files have revealed. The former prime minister claimed immigration rules discriminated in favour of the “coloured Commonwealth” according to the papers which cover policy effecting immigrants from 1982 to 1986. Ministers in Thatcher’s government were under pressure to prevent Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in polygamous marriages from joining their husbands in the UK, files from the National Archives show. A policy unit briefing note from No 10 informed the prime minister: “Though the numbers are small, the problem is vexed…

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