Tributes to Chris Moncrieff, the Fleet Street legend who broke news of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall – The Yorkshire Post says

Fleet Street legend Chris Moncreiff has died.
Fleet Street legend Chris Moncreiff has died.
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THE measured columns by Chris Moncrieff in The Yorkshire Post in recent times, and welcomed by readers for their authority, came towards the end of a remarkable career which began on the Harrogate Advertiser.

Yet it was his distinguished reporting as the Press Association’s political editor that saw him become a confidante to successive prime ministers because of his accuracy and integrity.

Chris Moncrieff, who has died aged 88, was a contributor to The Yorkshire Post.

Chris Moncrieff, who has died aged 88, was a contributor to The Yorkshire Post.

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Once saved by John Major from stumbling down part of the Great Wall of China, Moncrieff’s greatest ‘scoop’ came in November 1990 when his old great sparring partner Bernard Ingham – Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary – phoned him to break the news that the PM was quitting.

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He literally had to snatch a piece of paper from a secretary as he was informed: “You might wish to transmit this rather quickly, Mrs Thatcher is to resign.”

Yet it is a measure of the high regard in which Chris Moncrieff was held that it was he who received that historic call before any other journalist.