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Thatcher operation

Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher is doing "absolutely fine" in hospital having undergone a minor operation to remove a growth in her bladder, her spokeswoman has announced.

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Baroness Thatcher expected to need several days rest

Lord Tim Bell, the leading PR and advertising figure who was a close adviser to Baroness Thatcher, said she was expected to need several days of recuperation. It could mean she will spend Christmas in hospital, where she has been accompanied by her daughter Carol.

Former Prime Minister Margret Thatcher is recovering in hospital following an operation to remove a growth on her bladder. Credit: Press Association

Lord Bell said the former politician had been in some pain earlier in the week and was sent by her doctor to hospital where it was decided the operation was required.

It was a short procedure using what was described as "minimally invasive surgery", he said."She's fine," he added.

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