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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Mrs C Happy to Live in No 10

page 6

Mrs C Happy to Live in No 10

London, April 5. — Audrey Callaghan looks on her burdensome new role as wife of Britain's Prime Minister as a challenge.

Unlike her predecessor. Mary Wilson. Mrs Callaghan has said she would be delighted to live in the Prime Ministers' official residence. 10 Downing Street, not far from the Houses of Parliament.

The shy Mrs Wilson disliked living above the offices housed on the ground floors of No 10 and the ease with which their domestic routine could be interrupted by official business.

During Mr Wilson's final term of office the couple lived in their own home nearby in Lord North Street.

Mrs Callaghan is looking forward to the challenge of a new home. She has made striking changes to the decor of her husband's present official residence, such as ordering one of the state rooms to be highlighted with gold leaf.

She has a reputation for getting things done: "Audrey wears the trousers in that house," says a close friend.

In political matters. Mrs Callaghan is described as being to the left of her husband. She takes a keen interest in children's welfare and until 1970 was an Alderman of the Greater London Council.

Now in her mid-50s. she met her husband when she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl and he was a tax official. After leaving school she won an economics degree at the London School of Economics, where she was taught by Hugh Gaitskell, a future Labour Party leader.

The couple married in 1938 and have three children: Margaret 35, who is married with three children, Julia 33, and Michael, 30, who also are married. - NZPA-Reuter.