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Ex-UK PM Baroness Margaret Thatcher dies

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside Number 10 Downing Street on June 8, 2010. Photo: Getty Images
By BBC World

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.

Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975.

She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

Baroness Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

4 Responses to “Ex-UK PM Baroness Margaret Thatcher dies”

  • qc (08/04/2013, 08:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip dear lady
  • UK student (08/04/2013, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love her or hate her she was a force
  • ann (09/04/2013, 06:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP great lady... you set the pace for women in you time to go forward and break that proverbial glass ceiling and inspired many to over come their fears of working in a "mans world".

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