Margaret Thatcher: Queen to send family message of sympathy

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THE Queen has been saddened by the death of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Queen will send her family a private message of sympathy after the Baroness died peacefully this morning following a stroke.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton.”

Baroness Thatcher was the first woman prime minister when she entered Downing Street in 1979.

In recent years her health deteriorated, and she stopped making public appearances.

Politicians from across the political spectrum took to social-networking website Twitter to pay tribute.

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Tory MP Therese Coffey said the former Prime Minister had “transformed” the country, “putting great back in Great Britain”.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said she was a “great patriotic lady”.

Labour MPs also paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

Shadow International Development Secretary Ivan Lewis said: “Hoping all Labour supporters will respond with dignity + respect to news of Baroness Thatcher’s death. Our thoughts with her family + friends.”

Former Labour minister and MP Tony McNulty tweeted: “God bless her and thoughts are with her family. RIP.”

The Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood tweeted: “Sad news about Baroness Thatcher. Don’t miss her policies but a towering figure in 20th c British politics, & made history UK’s 1st woman PM.”

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