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segunda-feira, 8 de abril de 2013

Margaret Thatcher dies

The UK's first female prime minister died this morning.


· Born Margaret Roberts on 13 October 1925

· First stood for Parliament in the 1950 election

· Married businessman Denis Thatcher in 1951

· Elected as Conservative MP for Finchley in 1959

· Named education secretary by Ted Heath in 1970

· Defeated Heath in Tory leadership contest in 1975

· Became first female prime minister after Conservative election victory in 1979

· Sends taskforce to regain control of the Falklands Islands in 1982

· Wins landslide election victory in 1983

· Fights year-long battle with mining unions in 1984-5

· Survives IRA bombing of Brighton hotel during 1984 Conservative conference

· Wins third general election victory in 1987

· Resigns after facing leadership challenge in 1990

· Stands down as MP in 1992 and awarded a peerage


David Cameron said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."

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