Monday 8 April 2013

Obituary: Margaret Thatcher


  • Born Margaret Roberts on 13 October 1925
  • First stood for Parliament in the 1950 election
  • Married businessman Denis Thatcher in 1951
  • Elected as Conservative MP for Finchley in 1959
  • Named education secretary by Ted Heath in 1970
  • Defeated Heath in Tory leadership contest in 1975
  • Became first female prime minister after Conservative election victory in 1979
  • Sends taskforce to regain control of the Falklands Islands in 1982
  • Wins landslide election victory in 1983
  • Fights year-long battle with mining unions in 1984-5
  • Survives IRA bombing of Brighton hotel during 1984 Conservative conference
  • Wins third general election victory in 1987
  • Resigns after facing leadership challenge in 1990
  • Stands down as MP in 1992 and awarded a peerage click link for full Obituary

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