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Ex-British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies

Margaret Thatcher, who has died following a stroke, was one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century. David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death. She will receive a Ceremonial funeral will military honours at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced, the BBC reported Monday. PM David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death. Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role.She will not be accorded a state funeral, in accordance with her own wishes, Downing Street said. Cameron, who was in Madrid for meetings, has cancelled planned talks in Paris with French President Francois Hollande and returned to the UK later on Monday.

Lady Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, served as MP for Finchley, north London, from 1959 to 1992. Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party’s leadership in 1975 and won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987. Lady Thatcher’s government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.

Ponta expresses regrets

Prime Minister Victor Ponta expressed his deep regret for the death of former British PM Margaret Thatcher, emphasising that she was a leader of historic importance and a symbol of political maturity.

I express my deep regret for the loss of one of the foremost personalities of the XX-th Century, Margaret Thatcher. Ms. Thatcher was a leader of historic importance and a symbol of political maturity. She was, beyond any doubt, one of the strongest women of the world, who took the responsibility of leading the destiny of the United Kingdom towards the XXI-st Century,” Ponta wrote on his Facebook page.

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