Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

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April 8, 2013, 8:20 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Michelle Kosinski) - Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke. The Baroness, known for her toughness and uncompromising attitude, was 87 years old.

With a nickname like The Iron Lady, Baroness Margaret Thatcher's influence was unmistakably strong. Some would say tough, unwaveringly conservative.

“We've lost a great prime minister, a great leader, a great Briton," said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

During a time of divisive economic struggle in Britain, protest, union strikes, she was its leader, from 1979 to 1990.

She was Ronald Reagan's counterpart and partner in shaping the end of the Cold War.

To this day, people in Britain argue over her policies and union busting, whether what she did was for the better then, or not!

It was during her 11 years as prime minister that Britain won its war with Argentina over the Falklands and maintained its rule over Northern Ireland, while bombing after bombing filled the news.

Thatcher transformed Britain, privatizing state industries, shrinking government and lowering taxes, which influenced world politics.

It has just been announced that there will be a ceremonial funeral with military honors for her at St. Paul's Cathedral.

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