Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 87 following a stroke.
“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” said her spokesman Lord Bell. She had suffered ill health for the past few years and had become frail.
Baroness Thatcher, was prime minister between 1979 and 1990 – the longest premiership since 1827. She was a formidable leader, who polarised opinion but many of the policies she put in place during her time as leader continue to influence the UK government today.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, paid tribute, saying: “It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.”