Some of the most famous comments from Britain's first ever female prime minister.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Carlisle. He was in the city ahead of next week's elections for local police commissioners.
The Prime Minister and the Labour leader have clashed in the House of Commons over the West Coast Main Line.
People from Cumrbia and southern Scotland have been sharing their thoughts on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died this morning following a stroke.
– Jonathon Davies, Penrith, Cumbria
"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."
– Michael Grieve, Hawick, Scottish Borders
"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."
– Stuart Clement, Dumfries and Galloway
"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."
– Willie Rennie, Leader, Scottish Liberal Democrats
"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."
Thoughts + prayers of all Americans w Lady Thatcher's family + British people - a towering figure in British life who will be missed by many
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.
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
Former Number 10 spin chief Alastair Campbell wrote on Twitter:
disagreed with much she did but Mrs Thatcher was one hell of a PM to cover as a journalist, and one of small number of real change PMs
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.
Today represents a great loss for our country. Margaret Thatcher was greatest PM of post-war era. A privilege and honour to have known her.