I met Mrs Thatcher at a Young Conservatives Conference in Eastbourne in the late 1970s before she became Prime Minister.
That year, there had been a competition to find the top Young Conservative branch in the UK and my branch at Hove, of which I was vice chairman, had come second.
The top three branches were all presented to Mrs Thatcher.
She was an impressive conviction politician.
You knew exactly what her beliefs and philosophies were. She stood for truth, honesty and hard work – sadly lacking in today’s politicians, both local and national.
History will not only revere her as the first UK woman PM, but one of the UK’s greats alongside Churchill.