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Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

Former PM and "Iron Lady" passed away

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Margaret Thatcher, the first female U.K. prime minister and an extraordinary politician who gained the nickname the "Iron Lady," passed away Monday morning from a stroke.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, aged 87, passed away Monday morning.

The former prime minister of the United Kingdom died peacefully following a stroke.

Thatcher served as leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and was given the "Iron Lady" nickname by the Soviet press for her uncompromising political tactics. She is the only woman in British history to ever hold the position of prime minister.

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Thatcher's funeral is to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, followed by a private ceremony.

During her service, Thatcher sought to privatize many state-owned companies and reduce the power of state unions. She believed in the power of the individual rather than society. Her poll tax and opinion of mainland Europe was widely unpopular with the British people and fellow Cabinet members.

Recently Thatcher was portrayed by Meryl Streep in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, which won the actress an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Thatcher influenced many politicians in her lifetime and leaves behind a great legacy.

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