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Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s Iron Lady, has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 87.

Her children Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother had died peacefully following a stroke this morning.

Speaking to Sky News, spokesman and friend Lord Bell, who announced her death, said: “We’ll never see the like of her again. She was one of the great prime ministers of all time and transformed people’s lives.”

He described the former prime minister, a grocer’s daughter from Grantham, Lincs, as the greatest leader of the Conservative Party with the exception of Winston Churchill.

He said: “She was just a fantastic person – extraordinary charisma, very focused, loved her country, loved being in government and dedicated her life to making people’s lives better …I think history will remember her very kindly.”

Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute saying: “It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.”

Mr Cameron, who was meeting EU leaders in Spain, will return home early and is expected to arrive back in the country this afternoon.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.”

The flag at Downing Street flies at half mast
Downing Street announced that she would receive a full ceremonial funeral with honours at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute saying: “She will be remembered as a unique figure. She reshaped the politics of a whole generation. She was Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. She moved the centre ground of British politics and was a huge figure on the world stage.

“The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength.

“She also defined the politics of the 1980s. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and I all grew up in a politics shaped by Lady Thatcher. We took different paths but with her as the crucial figure of that era.”

Lady Thatcher, Britain’s first and only woman prime minister, had become increasingly frail and was suffering ill health in recent years.

Floral tributes outside Lady Thatcher’s Belgravia home
She suffered several small strokes in 2002 and was advised not to accept further public speaking engagements.

Her increasingly frail condition when she was seen – especially after the death of husband Denis in 2003 – led to frequent bouts of speculation about her health.

However, MPs and friends who saw her regularly said she remained alert and interested in politics, and she was not known to have deteriorated notably recently.

She was admitted to hospital shortly before Christmas where she underwent an operation to remove a growth from her bladder but was allowed to return home before new year.

Prime minister between 1979 and 1990, she has been credited with transforming a nation in one decade, putting Britain back among the leading industrial nations of the world.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, she crushed the unions and privatised vast swathes of British industry, as she led the Tories to three election victories.

Newly elected Mrs Thatcher arrives at Downing Street with husband Denis
She was nicknamed the Iron Lady by a Russian journalist in 1976 for her opposition to Soviet communism. It is a moniker that stuck, and which privately she was thought to enjoy, and was the title of a film in which Meryl Streep took the title role, which was released in 2011.

She was also memorably described by the then French president Francois Mitterrand with the back-handed compliment that she had the “eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe”.

But perhaps the defining moment of her career will be the decision to send a taskforce to the Falklands on April 2, 1982 after Argentina invaded.

On the world stage with US president Ronald Reagan
The former Labour prime minister Tony Blair said: “Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure. Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.

“And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

“As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

“Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life. She will be sadly missed.”

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major described Baroness Thatcher as a “true force of nature” and a “political phenomenon”.

Mrs Thatcher in Stanley, Falkland Islands 1983
He said: “In government, the UK was turned around under – and in large measure because of – her leadership.

“Her reforms of the economy, trades union law, and her recovery of the Falkland Islands elevated her above normal politics, and may not have been achieved under any other leader.”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said: “Margaret Thatcher was one of the defining figures in modern British politics.

“Whatever side of the political debate you stand on, no-one can deny that as prime minister she left a unique and lasting imprint on the country she served.

“She may have divided opinion during her time in politics but everyone will be united today in acknowledging the strength of her personality and the radicalism of her politics.”

Despite her toughness, few will forget the pictures of Baroness Thatcher leaving Downing Street for the last time with her husband, Sir Denis, and tears in her eyes.

Lady Thatcher believed in hard work. The daughter of grocer Alfred Roberts she achieve academically and went on to gain a degree in Chemistry at Oxford University, where she became president of the university’s Conservative Association.

On leaving she worked as a research chemist but in February 1951 she was adopted as Conservative candidate for Dartford and at a dinner that day she met the wealthy and divorced businessman, Denis Thatcher. They married later that year.

He supported her during her unsuccessful campaigns for the seat and during her studies to become a barrister. She qualified in 1953, the same year she gave birth to twins Mark and Carol.

10 Responses to RIP

  • Tawkchuet says:

    RIP Mrs Thatcher strong smart woman who stood her ground in sea of men.

  • supported South Africa during apartheid,destroyed unions ..cut government spending on all social programs that help the poor..RIP my ass..

  • Certified British says:

    RIP what? ? Do you know how much misery that woman caused here in the UK?? She made people’s life a misery, she did not care about the less fortunate in society. She made sure her well off friends became richer. I shall not mourn her. Even her own children didn’t have time for her! !

  • Tawkchuet says:

    In life you cannot be all things to all people RIP again

  • Met says:

    wow chuet that is so profound and true…………

  • Anonymous says:

    Mi ago seh RIP to her…RIP mi lady

  • oh,well says:

    I won’t be a hypocrite and mourn her. All she showed women is that we have to be as sociopathic as men to achieve. She was in “a sea of men” because she hated women and feminism. The same feminism that put her in position to be a Prime Minister. She opened that door and closed it swiftly behind her. She hated anything yellow brown or black. She hated poor whites. She destroyed many a hard working class community, which up to today have not recovered. I hope the furnace is hot enough for her. One somebody , so wicked and unfortunately a female. A crap mother, too. Ignored her daughter and spoiled her son into having delusions of grandeur. Nuh him did tink he could tek ova the peeple dem African country? No wonder her husband was a drunkard. Ole wicked!

  • kgn13 says:

    dat rass fe dead long time.good riddiance.

  • DFDR says:

    Lol))) Fi Real that old rat bat sell out most of the public services (Energy= Gas/Electricity) etc to private companies, then those companies raise the price to extortionate rates which a lot of people cannot afford thus many old age pensioners FREEZE to death in winter times… She closed down the mining industry which supported many families…
    She done much more harm than good for the UK…DONT FORGET THE POLL TAX/COUNCIL ROBBERY TAX!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And yes her son planned to over-throw/capture Equatorial Guinea in Africa, they are bloodsuckers vampires who feed off the less fortunate… HOTTA FIRE FI THEM B&^%BOC*&&RT

  • one2tree says:

    RIP ..Mrs. Thatcher..the ‘iron lady’

    But where was she when britain was selling millitary arms to S.Africa…during the Aparthied reign ???



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