Thatcher in hospital for Xmas

Medical staff treating Baroness Thatcher say she is in "good spirits" as she recovers from minor surgery, but is expected to celebrate Christmas in hospital. A spokeswoman for the 87-year-old said there is no change in her condition this afternoon.

Margaret Thatcher said to be in 'good spirits' in hospital

Baroness Thatcher is said to be "in good spirits" as she recovers from minor surgery but is expected to celebrate Christmas in hospital.

The 87-year-old former prime minister was operated on two days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week.

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher is expected to spend Christmas in hospital. Credit: Press Association

"I understand she is in good spirits," a spokesman said.

"Given her age, I don't think she will be coming out for a few days."

The veteran ex-premier's public appearances have been very restricted over recent years due to continued ill health.

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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.

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

It could well mean she will spend Christmas in hospital, where she has been accompanied by her daughter Carol. Her son is believed to be on holiday overseas.

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.

Margaret Thatcher has suffered ill health in recent years

Baroness Thatcher was not well enough to join the Queen for a lunch with former and serving prime ministers as part of the Diamond Jubilee this summer.

And two years ago she missed an 85th birthday party thrown for her by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

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

In October she was sufficiently well, however, to mark her 87th birthday with lunch at a restaurant in London's exclusive St James's district with her son Mark and his wife.

Her health was thrust into the global spotlight this year when Meryl Streep starred in a controversial Hollywood film about her.

The Iron Lady drew criticism from Mr Cameron and others for concentrating on the dementia she has suffered after a series of small strokes. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for the role.

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