Margaret Thatcher’s handbags were an essential part of her fashion ensemble and even entered the political vocabulary of the time as figurative accessories to her uncompromising approach, especially where European leaders were concerned.

The term ‘handbagging’ was coined by fellow Conservative Member of Parliament Julian Critchley to describe her style in cabinet meetings, the Oxford English Dictionary says, defining it as an action by a woman to ‘verbally attack or crush (a person or idea) ruthlessly and forcefully’.

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