Majority against Thatcher name for Grantham bypass

Margaret Thatcher. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Margaret Thatcher. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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A vote held by the Journal into naming the new bypass after Grantham-born Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shows a majority of people are against naming the road after her.

Of those who took part in our website vote, 59 per cent were against calling the road after Lady Thatcher and 41 per cent in favour.

More than 350 people took part in the vote. People were also asked to state why they had voted for or against and, if against, who they think would be an appropriate person after whom to name the bypass.

Of those who were in favour of a Margaret Thatcher-named road, one voter said: “She saved this country from ruin.”

Another voter said: “Because although she made some bad decisions she also made some good ones. She is also an inspiration to girls
everywhere who want to achieve great things.”

Another in favour of the Thatcher name said: “Her policies aren’t the question here. It is about honouring a local person for being the first and so far only female Prime Minister of this country.”

But those who voted against did not mince their words. One said: “Thatcher never did any-thing for the town. She only came back three times and one of them was to offload a book. So no to Thatcher.”

Another said: “Because of the damage she did to the country which we ordinary people (not the rich) are still paying for.”

Grantham councillor Ray Wootten first suggested the name Lady Thatcher Way for the bypass. He said he was pleased with the big reaction to the story, following national coverage in the media.

The vote is now closed.