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Margret Thatcher Dead: The Iron Lady and Her Legacy

Updated on April 9, 2013
Margret Thatcher: The longest Serving British Prime Minister
Margret Thatcher: The longest Serving British Prime Minister | Source

Margret Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister in Britain. She served Britain in that capacity 1979 -1990. She also lead the Conservative Party 1975-1990. Lady Thatcher is the only woman who has held these posts in the British history.

The Iron Lady is a nickname she received from a Soviet journalist referring to her leadership style.

She started her career as a Chemist before switching on to being a barrister. In 1959 she was elected a member of Parliament for Finchley. She was also appointed the Secretary of State for Education and Science in 1970. In 1975, she became the leader of opposition hence leading a major political party in Britain. In 1979 she won the General Elections and hence became the British Prime Minister.

Lady Thatcher led Britain on a war against the Falklands. This war boosted her popularity leading to a win in the 1983 elections. Thatcher was a gain elected as the Prime Minister in 1987.

After Lady Thatcher became the Prime Minister, she introduced new policies which brought about political and economic transformation. Her policies were always skewed towards deregulation. She also supported flexible labor markets, she approved privatization of public companies. She greatly reduced the power of the trade unions.

Margret Thatcher resigned as the British Prime Minister in 1990. This was the time when her leadership was challenged by Michael Heseltine. That was a life baroness for the County of Lincolnshire and therefore she was entitled to sit in the House of Lords.


She joined elective politics in 1951 as a conservative candidate for Darford.

It was in 1961 when she was promoted to the post of Secretary of State for Education and Science. Margret always argued that lower taxes acted as a great incentive towards hard work. That became the eariest Conservative leaders to support male homosexuality relationship. She was also a supporter legalization of abortion.

Her Service as Education Secretary

She tried to cut spending in this place. This is the time the free milk for school children was abolished. She argued that very few children would suffer in case the program was stopped. This dec,ision ignited a great storm more particulary from the Labour party as well as the press. This is the event that lead people to say that Margret Thatcher is a "Milk Snatcher".

Leader of Opposition

Lady Thatcher was able to will in the first ballot. This means that she was the challenger during the 1974 general elections. She also became the party leader in 1975 .

On a regular basis, Thatcher started attending lunches at the IEA on a regular basis. This was a great think thank on economic affairs. She was regularly leading the IEA publications starting in the early 1960s. She adopted a linear government and lower taxes and extra freedom for consumers and business firms.

Thatcher meet on a weekly basis with the Queen Elizabeth II in order to discuss government business. This relationship attracted great media attention.

Thatcher retired from public service in 2002 after she was attacked by a stroke. This was followed by several other strokes. She died at Ritz Hotel on 8th April, 2002. This marks the end of the Iron Lady's eventful life.


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