Monday, 1.19pm: Former Prime Minister and Grantham-born Baroness Margaret Thatcher died at home from a stroke this morning (8 April), she was 87.
The announcement was made this lunchtime by her son and daughter, Mark and Carol Thatcher.
Born Margaret Roberts in Grantham, Baroness Thatcher attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and became the first female prime minster in 1979, staying in the position till 1990.
She first became a Conservative MP for Finchley in 1959 and retired from the House of Commons in 1992.
She was Education Secretary before challenging Edward Heath for the Conservative Party leadership in 1975.
She went on to win general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
* For more on the life of Margaret Thatcher, both here in Grantham and during her years in politics see our 16-page special supplement in Friday’s Journal
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