Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies At 87

Source: Elizabeth Palmer / CBS News

LONDON – Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister referred to by both ardent supporters and critics as “The Iron Lady,” died Monday. She was 87.

Her former spokesman Tim Bell said she suffered from a stroke.

Tough and proud of it, Thatcher was the steeliest British Prime Minister of modern times.

Born Margaret Roberts in 1925, she became a chemist, a proud housewife, and a Conservative member of Parliament, which, she thought, was as far as she would get.

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