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Minister Apologizes For Calling Thatcher a ‘Cow’

November 11, 1990 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ A government minister apologized to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for calling her a ″cow″ during a telephone call with his wife, Mrs. Thatcher’s office said Saturday night.

Mrs. Thatcher accepted the apology from Richard Needham, minister for Northern Ireland, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Sunday Times reported that an unidentified paramilitary group in Northern Ireland heard the call on a radio scanner and sent a recording of it to a news agency in Belfast.

The report said Needham called his wife from his official car and allegedly said: ″I wish that cow would resign.″

Mrs. Thatcher has led the Conservative Party since 1975 and the government since 1979.

The party’s popularity has slumped, and many Conservatives believe she must resign or they will lose the next election, due by mid-1992.