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Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher dies after stroke


 

 



Former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister ... Baroness Margaret Thatcher

BARONESS Thatcher, Britain's first woman Prime Minister, died this morning aged 87 following a stroke.

The former Conservative leader - dubbed the Iron lady - is said to have died peacefully after suffering several bouts of illness for many years.
She won three elections, led Britain through the Falklands War and the Cold War and survived an the IRA Brighton bombing during 11 years as PM.
Current Prime Minister David Cameron today said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death.
"We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton".
Buckingham Palace said the Queen was “sad to hear the news”.
The Baroness will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a private cremation.
Baroness Thatcher had suffered bouts of illness for many years
Elderly ... Baroness Thatcher had suffered bouts of illness for many years
She served as Prime Minister for 11 years till 1990
Leader ... she served as Prime Minister for 11 years till 1990
The death was announced by her spokesman, Lord Bell, who said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning.
“A further statement will be made later.”
Baroness Thatcher was first leader to win three General Elections in a row as she governed Britain from 1979 to 1990.
The flag at Downing Street was lowered to half mast as tributes poured in for Baroness Thatcher following the announcement of her death today.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”
David Cameron, who is returning early from an official trip to Spain following the tragic news, added: "She didn't just lead our country; she saved our country."
Ed Miliband hailed Thatcher's “personal strength” and described her as a “unique figure”.
The Labour leader said: “She reshaped the politics of a whole generation.
“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.”
Cameron described her as 'a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton'
Tributes ... Cameron described her as 'a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton'
Margaret Thatcher with her husband Denis
Couple ... Margaret Thatcher with her husband Denis
Getty
On his Twitter feed, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today’s politics.”
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."
Former PM Tony Blair described Margaret Thatcher as "a towering political figure”, adding: “Her global impact was vast".
Lord Sugar tweeted: "Lady Thatcher in the 80's kicked started the entrepreneurial revolution that allowed chirpy chappies to succeed and not just the elite."
Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell added: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power ,Margaret Thatcher , a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible...x."
Conservative MP John Redwood said Thatcher had “won the Cold War”.
Known as the Iron Lady, she led Britain for 11 years and even her critics admitted that she changed the face of the country.
Margaret Thatcher with 16-year-old schoolboy William Hague in Blackpool, 1977
Campaign ... Margaret Thatcher with 16-year-old schoolboy William Hague in Blackpool, 1977
The Iron Lady
Speech ... the Iron Lady
PM Maragret Thatcher visits the Falkland Islands in January 1983
With the troops ... PM Maragret Thatcher visits the Falkland Islands in January 1983
In recent years her health deteriorated, and she stopped making public appearances. She had become increasingly frail following a series of small strokes in 2001 and 2002.
Her daughter Carol also revealed in 2008 that she had been diagnosed with dementia, which had increasingly affected her memory for the last decade.
Ill-health had prevented her attending an 85th birthday party in Downing Street arranged by David Cameron in October 2010.
It also prevented her attending the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey.
She is survived by her two children. Her husband Sir Denis died in 2003.
Lady Thatcher's decline in health was chronicled in the Oscar-winning film “The Iron Lady” - starring Meryl Streep.

Thatcher, who grew up in Grantham, Lincs., as a young girl
Child ... Thatcher, who grew up in Grantham, Lincs., as a young girl
Getty
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said Baroness Thatcher was “the reason I came into politics”.
He said: “Watching her set out to change Britain for the better in 1979 made me believe there was, at last, real purpose and real leadership in politics once again.
“She bestrode the political world like a colossus.
“This is dreadfully sad news and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
A Number 10 spokesman said a "wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher" will be invited to her funeral.
He added: “All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher’s family. Further details will be published over the coming days.”
04/05/2000 of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sitting beside her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Senior Tory MP David Davis said: “Margaret Thatcher was the greatest of modern British prime ministers, and was central to the huge transformation of the whole world that took place after the fall of the Soviet Union.
“Millions of people in Britain and around the world owe her a debt of gratitude for their freedom and their quality of life, which was made possible by her courageous commitment to the principles of individual freedom and responsibility.
“Her passing is a very sad event and she will be greatly missed.”

Margaret Thatcher dies after stroke


Britain's first female Prime Minister, 87, 'died peacefully' this morning


Former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister ... Baroness Margaret Thatcher

BARONESS Thatcher, Britain's first woman Prime Minister, died this morning aged 87 following a stroke.

The former Conservative leader - dubbed the Iron lady - is said to have died peacefully after suffering several bouts of illness for many years.
She won three elections, led Britain through the Falklands War and the Cold War and survived an the IRA Brighton bombing during 11 years as PM.
Current Prime Minister David Cameron today said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death.
"We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton".
Buckingham Palace said the Queen was “sad to hear the news”.
The Baroness will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a private cremation.
Baroness Thatcher had suffered bouts of illness for many years
Elderly ... Baroness Thatcher had suffered bouts of illness for many years
She served as Prime Minister for 11 years till 1990
Leader ... she served as Prime Minister for 11 years till 1990
The death was announced by her spokesman, Lord Bell, who said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning.
“A further statement will be made later.”
Baroness Thatcher was first leader to win three General Elections in a row as she governed Britain from 1979 to 1990.
The flag at Downing Street was lowered to half mast as tributes poured in for Baroness Thatcher following the announcement of her death today.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”
David Cameron, who is returning early from an official trip to Spain following the tragic news, added: "She didn't just lead our country; she saved our country."
Ed Miliband hailed Thatcher's “personal strength” and described her as a “unique figure”.
The Labour leader said: “She reshaped the politics of a whole generation.
“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.”
Cameron described her as 'a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton'
Tributes ... Cameron described her as 'a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton'
Margaret Thatcher with her husband Denis
Couple ... Margaret Thatcher with her husband Denis
Getty
On his Twitter feed, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today’s politics.”
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."
Former PM Tony Blair described Margaret Thatcher as "a towering political figure”, adding: “Her global impact was vast".
Lord Sugar tweeted: "Lady Thatcher in the 80's kicked started the entrepreneurial revolution that allowed chirpy chappies to succeed and not just the elite."
Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell added: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power ,Margaret Thatcher , a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible...x."
Conservative MP John Redwood said Thatcher had “won the Cold War”.
Known as the Iron Lady, she led Britain for 11 years and even her critics admitted that she changed the face of the country.
Margaret Thatcher with 16-year-old schoolboy William Hague in Blackpool, 1977
Campaign ... Margaret Thatcher with 16-year-old schoolboy William Hague in Blackpool, 1977
The Iron Lady
Speech ... the Iron Lady
PM Maragret Thatcher visits the Falkland Islands in January 1983
With the troops ... PM Maragret Thatcher visits the Falkland Islands in January 1983
In recent years her health deteriorated, and she stopped making public appearances. She had become increasingly frail following a series of small strokes in 2001 and 2002.
Her daughter Carol also revealed in 2008 that she had been diagnosed with dementia, which had increasingly affected her memory for the last decade.
Ill-health had prevented her attending an 85th birthday party in Downing Street arranged by David Cameron in October 2010.
It also prevented her attending the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey.
She is survived by her two children. Her husband Sir Denis died in 2003.
Lady Thatcher's decline in health was chronicled in the Oscar-winning film “The Iron Lady” - starring Meryl Streep.

Thatcher, who grew up in Grantham, Lincs., as a young girl
Child ... Thatcher, who grew up in Grantham, Lincs., as a young girl
Getty
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said Baroness Thatcher was “the reason I came into politics”.
He said: “Watching her set out to change Britain for the better in 1979 made me believe there was, at last, real purpose and real leadership in politics once again.
“She bestrode the political world like a colossus.
“This is dreadfully sad news and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
A Number 10 spokesman said a "wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher" will be invited to her funeral.
He added: “All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher’s family. Further details will be published over the coming days.”
04/05/2000 of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sitting beside her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Senior Tory MP David Davis said: “Margaret Thatcher was the greatest of modern British prime ministers, and was central to the huge transformation of the whole world that took place after the fall of the Soviet Union.
“Millions of people in Britain and around the world owe her a debt of gratitude for their freedom and their quality of life, which was made possible by her courageous commitment to the principles of individual freedom and responsibility.
“Her passing is a very sad event and she will be greatly missed.”

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