Monday, 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher, 'Iron Lady' of British politics, is dead

Margaret Thatcher, leading conservative who won the first ballot for leadership which resulted in Prime Minister Edward Heath's resignation, speaks on Feb. 10, 1975, in London. Thatcher, 87, Britain's first female prime minister, died on April 8 from a stroke.

LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister and uncompromisingly conservative "Iron Lady" of the 1980s, has died. She was 87.

She died Monday following a stroke.
"We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton," Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Thatcher suffered a series of minor strokes in recent years. She rarely appeared in public after doctors forbade her from talking to large groups in 2002 for health reasons. But she continued to meet and dine privately with old friends in recent years who guarded details of her health and condition.
Thatcher was one of the most recognizable political figures of the second half of the 20th century. She was a political soulmate of conservative U.S. President Ronald Reagan, with whom she stood shoulder to shoulder against communism in the twilight decade of the Cold War. 
May her soul rest in peace.

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