Baroness Thatcher - 1925 to 2013
Baroness Thatcher has died aged 87 following a stroke, she had suffered poor health for several years, although it has been reported that she died peacefully.
Lord Bell, her spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning", while Buckingham Palace reports that the Queen will be sending a private message of sympathy to Lady Thatcher's family.
Lady Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, served as MP for Finchley, north London, from 1959 to 1992. She was the education secretary, successfully challenging former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975. She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Lady Thatcher earned a place in the history books as the first woman prime minister when she entered Downing Street in 1979 and over the next 11 years even her critics admitted that she changed the face of the country. She was the first woman to hold the role.
She will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London's St Paul's Cathedral.
She has been described as a 'force of nature' by Sir John Major, who replaced her in 1990. Her government privatised several state-owned industries and she was in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Nick Griffin, MEP has stated that, "Mrs Thatcher was a disaster for the working class and Britain's coal and manufacturing industries. She held her nerve like a true leader in the Falkland War though."
He further went on to state that Lady Thatcher was "conned into a would-be superstate when she was deceived into thinking that the EU was about money rather than ruthless federalism".
Nick Griffin stated that despite her flaws, she still towered over the rest of her political generation.
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