As the spotlight shines on Grantham as the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, we look at her life in the town and her political career.
We have launched a special tribute website which contains fascinating facts and stories about Britain’s only female Prime Minister.
Tributes to Baroness Thatcher have been flooding in since her death was announced yesterday lunch-time (Monday). Baroness Thatcher died following a stroke at the Ritz Hotel in London, where she had been staying since being discharged from hospital back in December. Her body was driven away from the Ritz in a private ambulance early this morning.
During a press conference yesterday (Monday), Prime Minster David Cameron paid tribute to the “great Briton”, remarking on her climb to the top of politics.
He said: “Margaret Thatcher didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country. And we should never forget that the odds were stacked against her.
“She was the shopkeeper’s daughter from Grantham who made it all the way to the highest office in the land. There were people who said she couldn’t make it, who stood in her way. Who said that a woman couldn’t lead and she defied them all.
“She fought her way to a seat in Parliament to the leadership of her party and then to lead our country. And she won the backing of the British people three times in a row.”
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* 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.