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Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute

Baroness Thatcher dies at 87

8th April 2013: Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died aged 87. Latest updates on the Grantham Journal website and on Twitter ().

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher's political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times. Born in October 1925 at Grantham, she rose to become the first (and for two decades the only) woman to lead a major Western democracy. She won three successive General Elections and served as British Prime Minister for more than 11 years (1979-90), a record unmatched in the 20th Century.

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During her term of office she reshaped almost every aspect of British politics, reviving the economy, reforming outdated institutions, and reinvigorating the nation's foreign policy. She challenged and did much to overturn the psychology of decline which had become rooted in Britain since the Second World War, pursuing national recovery with striking energy and determination.

In the process, Margaret Thatcher became one of the founders, with Ronald Reagan, of a school of conservative conviction politics, which has had a powerful and enduring impact on politics in Britain and the United States and earned her a higher international profile than any British politician since Winston Churchill.

By successfully shifting British economic and foreign policy to the right, her governments helped to encourage wider international trends which broadened and deepened during the 1980s and 1990s, as the end of the Cold War, the spread of democracy, and the growth of free markets strengthened political and economic freedom in every continent.

For the last quarter century Margaret Thatcher has been one of the world's most influential and respected political leaders, as well as one of the most controversial, dynamic, and plain-spoken.

Reprinted with permission from www.margaretthatcher.org, the official website of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.