Ex-Prime Minister Margret Thatcher dies at 87

It is being reported by BBC World Service that Ex Prime Minster Margret Thatcher has died:

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

Margaret_ThatcherLord 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.”

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.

Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.

Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party’s leadership in 1975.

She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.

BBC News – Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies.

Margaret Thatcher,  Towering, Divisive and yet Revered – NYTimes.com

LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, a towering, divisive and yet revered figure who left an enduring impact on British politics, died on Monday of a stroke, her family 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 statement from her spokesman, Lord Tim Bell, said.

via Margaret Thatcher Dies – Remade Britain – NYTimes.com.

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