Margaret Thatcher held secret meetings with a controversial Indian mystic soon after she became leader of the Tory opposition.
The Iron Lady, who was renowned for her no-nonsense direct approach, conversed with self-proclaimed faith healer and preacher Sri Chandraswamy in 1975 in her Commons office.
And the future Prime Minister was so impressed with his apparent powers that she agreed to his request to wear a special red dress and a battered talisman around her wrist to a second meeting.
There, it is claimed the bearded guru correctly predicted that she would come to power within four years and remain there for more than a decade. More...