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Local reaction to Thatcher death

People from Cumrbia and southern Scotland have been sharing their thoughts on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died this morning following a stroke.

"I am a child of the Thatcher years and proud of it.

"Yes there was conflict with the unions over change as the nation moved from manufacturing based industry to a service based economy but if Mrs Thatcher had not been in office there is a chance that the USSR and USA may never have got around the table, the Berlin wall may have never fallen and at some point over the last 30 years the world could have been thrown into nuclear war.

"This nation and the world has a debt of respect to pay the Iron Lady RIP Mrs T."

– Jonathon Davies, Penrith, Cumbria

"Nothing has changed politically in the world today. The only thing that has changed is that a family have lost their mother and their grandmother."

– Michael Grieve, Hawick, Scottish Borders

"Like any Prime Minister, she had her successes and failures. That's human nature.

"No one should take joy at the death of a person who was elected many times by the people of Great Britain."

– Stuart Clement, Dumfries and Galloway


Scottish Lib Dems leader pays tribute to Thatcher

"Like many of my contemporaries I am in politics because of Margaret Thatcher.

"Although I did not share her political outlook, as our first female Prime Minister she changed the face of our political system forever.

"While in many respects she was divisive, Margaret Thatcher was undoubtedly the leading political figure of her generation.

"Her impact on British politics and our country was substantial and enduring."

– Willie Rennie, Leader, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Adams: Thatcher 'did great hurt to Irish and British people'

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has criticised Lady Thatcher, saying "her Irish policy failed miserably":

Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies.

Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering.

Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and ’81.

Her Irish policy failed miserably.



Football clubs 'will not be asked to hold minute's silence'

Rob Harris, a reporter for The Associated Press, says the Premier League will not be asking clubs to hold a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher.


Premier League won't be asking clubs to hold minute's silence for #Thatcher at matches


George W Bush pays tribute to 'inspirational leader'

Former US President George Bush paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying she was an "inspirational leader" and a "great example of strength and character."

Laura and I are saddened by the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. She was an inspirational leader who stood on principle and guided her nation with confidence and clarity.

Prime Minister Thatcher is a great example of strength and character, and a great ally who strengthened the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Laura and I join the people of Great Britain in remembering the life and leadership of this strong woman and friend.

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