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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, has died. She was 87.
Her spokesman Lord Bell made the announcement on the morning of April 8, “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later.”
Lady Thatcher, who had been awarded title of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven in 1992, had suffered a series of strokes in recent years. In 2005, she had been advised by doctors to no longer give speeches in public.
Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, was known for reshaping her country as capitalism’s staunch defender. She was a hardcore Conservative and her fierce anti-trade-union stance will be best remembered.
She was born in 1925 to Beatrice and Alfred Roberts, and had studied chemistry and law at Oxford. At 34, she won the Tory Parliamentary seat in north London’s Finchley, and then continued to climb her party’s ranks. At 44, she took the position of Education Minister in the Cabinet, and in 1975, she challenged Edward Heath for leadership in the Tory party, which she won.
Thatcher’s life was recently portrayed in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, which dramatized her health issues.
She was married to businessman Denis Thatcher, whom she met in 1941 and married in 1951. He died in 2003, and the two had had twins in 1953.
She is survived by her children, businessman Mark Thatcher, and author-TV personality Carol Thatcher.