The US is blessed with courageous friends. Happy Birthday to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher - a tower of strength in the cause of liberty.
Writing on Twitter, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, has praised Margaret Thatcher, who was born in Lincolnshire, as a "tower of strength in the cause of liberty".
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