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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Dead at 87

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: Dead at 87

Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister, has died at the age of 87.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Lord Timothy Bell, her former adviser, said on Monday (April 8). “A further statement will be made later.”

Margaret, who served from 1979 to 1990 as a leader of the Conservative Party, was called the “Iron Lady” for her political and personal toughness.

Meryl Streep famously played Ms. Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady in 2011, a role that won her an Oscar.

We send our condolences to Margaret‘s family and friends at this difficult time.

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  • lola_uk

    She had her whole life ahead of her. RIP

  • Anna

    As a Brit myself this is a very sad moment for Brtain. Yes, she had made some decisions that people did not like but please remember she came to power at a time when Britain was in a mess and we needed somone to lead us and Mrs Thatcher did jut that. She may not have been liked by everyone but you can bet she had their repect. RIP Maggie.

  • Allan Graham Unsworth

    My thoughts go out to the thousands of miners’ lives and families that she impacted on. To the service men and women, who died fighting a manufactured war just to help raise the Tory popularity in the opinion polls. To the ordinary people whose lives were blighted by the unfair poll tax. If there is any justice in the afterlife she will be doing a lot of explaining.

  • Ashlee

    finally! now the “queen” and her stupid monarchy and england will be a better place

  • http://JJJ Joana

    You rest in peace if you can.

  • Paulie

    Ding dong.

  • Deborah

    Would you have written “our condolences to Jimmy’s family” if President Jimmy Carter had died? What about President Bush? Would it have been “condolences to Herbert’s family”?

    This woman was a powerhouse in the world for more than a decade. Whether you agreed with her politics or not, she was one of the few women who have ever run a country. Perhaps you could amend the story to read condolences to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s family or at the very least to Baroness Thatcher’s family. It would be considerably more respectful.

  • jaliah

    @Allan Graham Unsworth
    I second many people have died as a result of her, Tony the Liar Blair and George Bush. It wasn’t a matter of disliking the things she did it was the impact those things had on lives and the number of deaths as a direct result of those policies.

    Politicians in power are the very definition of evil. The good ones never make it because it requires a corrupted, devious mindset.

  • carol

    Morrissey is happy.

  • groundcontrol

    She was an awful human being who destroyed a lot of lives. As was said of her, she was “the biggest bast.ard we have ever known.”

    RIP Bobby Sands and his fellow Long Kesh hunger strikers.

  • http://wolfdreaming Kay Blood

    No matter what, she was a powerhouse of a human being. Putting politics aside, I hope people will remember her with admiration in some way and especially women will be proud that she was PRIME MINISTER of the UK. Rest in peace Iron Lady…