She was a controversial figure while she was alive and Margaret Thatcher continues to provoke debate after her death.
Today, opinions divided over whether football clubs should hold a minute's silence before this weekend's games.
The Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says they should, as a matter of respect.
But it's certainly not a view that's been welcomed in his home town, as Rachel Townsend has been finding out.
The Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans says he hopes his fellow MPs are repsectful as they gather to honour Margaret Thatcher.
Parliament has been recalled early from the easter break for ministers to speak about Baroness Thatcher.
Nigel Evans hopes it will be a chance for MPs to honour her years of public service.
Hillsborough campaigners say Baroness Thatcher should have apologised in the wake of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans in 1989.
The then Prime Minister visited the stadium in Sheffield after the disaster promising a full inquiry that would find the truth.
What followed was a cover-up by South Yorkshire Police, and campaigners say Mrs Thatcher helped protect them.
Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt reports
The former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher entered 10 Downing Street in 1979 - the effects of her 11 years there are still being felt in the North West 23 years after she left office.
She will be remembered as the leader who took on the trade unions, who won back the Falklands and gave thousands in this region the right to buy their council house.
She'll also be remembered as the leader who closed scores of pits, including the Lancashire coalfield.
But in the North West, her name will always be synonymous with the riots in Liverpool and Manchester in the early 1980s.
Our correspondent Rob Smith looks back at her legacy:
Former Rossendale MP Sir David Trippier has spoken about being one of Thatcher's ministers.
He said: "She will go down in history as one of the finest leaders this country has ever had."
The news of the Baroness Thatcher's death has also drawn reactions from some of her critics.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone told Sky News:
Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB trade union, said:
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said: