Leading Conservatives paid tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher after her spokesman Lord Bell confirmed the news of her death today (Monday, April 8).
Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby said: “I was extremely sorry to hear of the death of Baroness Thatcher earlier today.
“She was an inspirational woman, a remarkable leader and our greatest peacetime Prime Minister.
“She will be remembered fondly in Brighton where she demonstrated her immense courage in the wake of the 1984 bombing, and sent out a strong message that the country would not bow to terrorism.
“Through her tenacity, vision and belief in Britain she revived this country’s fortunes and made us a force in the world. It is a sad day, and a chance to remember all that she achieved in her own life, and as our first female Prime Minister.”
Mayor, Cllr Jo Bentley, herself a stroke survivor, tells of the inspiration she took from Baroness Thatcher.
As lead Conservative in Hailsham, she said: “She was an inspiration; she made me feel that yes, I could do something in local politics.
“I could never get to her level but as a woman she showed me there was a place for me in local politics.
“I admired her because she wasn’t afraid to say what she thought.”