Archive: Jessie, aged 105, casts her vote for Thatcher

105-year-old voter Jessie Steward, of Cheddington
105-year-old voter Jessie Steward, of Cheddington

With a smile and a wave for our camera, Jessie Steward set off to vote in Cheddington in May 1979’s general election – on the same day she celebrated her 105th birthday.

The life-long Tory had voted ever since women were allowed.

She got her birthday wish as Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives swept to power.