The death of Baroness Thatcher – 8th April 2013
This morning, news broke that Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher had died from a stroke at the age of 87.
An often controversial figure, Margaret Thatcher dominated the 1980’s and was Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990, overseeing such events as the Falklands War as well as the privatisation of many state-owned industries and the infamous Miner’s Strike.
For me, being just five years old, when she came to power in 1979, she was someone who dominated most of my childhood and I watched her tenure with increasing interest as I grew older. She sparked a lifetime’s interest in politics and the 1987 General Election was the first that I can remember staying up late to watch as some of the results began to come in. I particularly remember the leadership battle which eventually resulted in her tearful farewell from Downing Street and her gradual decline in health in more recent years.
Here’s how the news broke on Twitter: