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Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87 following stroke

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.

Her spokesman Lord Bell confirmed that Mrs Thatcher died this morning.

She was 87.

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.

"A further statement will be made later."

In a statement on the Downing Street Twitter feed, 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."

Sir Bernard Ingham, who was Baroness Thatcher's chief press secretary when she was prime minister, told the Press Association: "It's a very sad day. We have lost the outstanding peacetime prime minister of the 20th century.

"She was the perfect prime minister - she knew what she wanted to do, and did it.

"Her 11 years were quite outstanding, and raised the standing of Britain in the world, and changed the nature of Britain itself."


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