London: Britain`s first woman premier Margaret Thatcher is to meet Prime Minister David Cameron next week despite the latter reportedly distancing himself from her when he became the Conservative Party leader in 2005.
The "Iron Lady" will meet Cameron at Downing Street on Wednesday and the two will pose together on the steps of No 10 in a move aimed at reassuring party traditionalists who fear the British PM has used the alliance with Liberal Democrats to bury the Tories` Thatcherite past, the `Daily Mail` reported.
Though Lady Thatcher, 84, has accepted that Cameron had little choice but to join forces with Nick Clegg after the general election failed to produce a clear winner, friends say she is deeply sceptical about his plans to change the House of Commons` voting rules.
"She was always very wary of embarking on major constitutional changes. She believes you should not meddle in such matters unless you know exactly where you are going and what the consequences will be," said a source.
Rebel Conservative peers plan to sabotage the reforms when the legislation reaches the Lords. The most controversial is the proposal by Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Clegg to require 55 percent of MPs to call a general election, instead of the current 50 percent plus one. It`s not known whether Thatcher will join revolt.
Although Cameron began his political career as a mainstream Thatcherite, he distanced himself from her when he became party leader in 2005. He was advised that she was seen by many people, in particular the young, as being out of date and as having a negative effect on the Tories image.
However, Cameron vowed last year during an interview that he would emulate Lady Thatcher`s courage, conviction and wisdom in tough economic conditions.