Baroness Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell has announced.
Lord Bell said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.
“A further statement will be made later.”
brief peeks at the life and times of the legendary politician:
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013, was a British politician, the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post.
A Soviet journalist called her the “Iron Lady”, a nickname which became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.
As Prime Minister, she implemented Conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcher-ism.
Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Finley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975 Thatcher defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election and became Leader of the Opposition, as well as the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.