Margaret Thatcher dies after stroke: Reaction as it happened

Key points

  • Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 following a stroke
  • She was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990, the first woman to hold the post
  • Baroness Thatcher will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother
  • Baroness Thatcher died "peacefully" at the Ritz hotel in central London, where she had been staying since December
  • Prime Minister David Cameron called her a "great Briton", and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death
  • The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London's St Paul's Cathedral

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  • Gerry Holt 
  • Paul Gribben 
  • Alexis Akwagyiram 
  • Alex Kleiderman 

Last updated 9 April 2013

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