Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

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  • Margaret Thatcher file photo by Getty Images
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LONDON - Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke, her spokesman has confirmed.

Thatcher was 87. She had been in ill health for some time.

Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

The only female Prime Minister in British history, Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990. She was called the Iron Lady, for personal and political toughness.

Thatcher is the only British prime minister of the 20th century to win three consecutive terms. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's first of three terms began in the 20th, but ended in the 21st cnetury.

During her time as prime minister, she emphasized the rights of the individual versus that of the state, moral absolutism and nationalism.

Current British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet: "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."

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the queen was saddened to hear the news. She is expected to send a private message to the family.

In her first term, Thatcher reduced or eliminated many government subsidies to business, a move that lead to a sharp rise in unemployment. By 1986, unemployment had reached 3 million.

Enjoyed a close friendship and working relationship with President Ronald Reagan, with whom she shared similar conservative views.

She was married to Sir Denis Thatcher from December of 1951 until his death in June 26, 2003.

The two had twins, Mark and Carol, who were born in August 15, 1953.

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