Thatcher: UK's divisive leader

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister for 11 years, and she was as decisive with her policies as she was divisive with her people.

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Sarah Palin: Thatcher's legacy will live on

Former US Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she was "deeply saddened" by the news of Margaret Thatcher's death.

Her full statement reads:

"We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever.

"She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity."

Morrissey: 'Thatcher had completely negative traits'

Morrissey Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Singer Morrissey has reacted to the death of Margaret Thatcher by saying she was "a terror without an atom of humanity".

Writing for the Daily Beast, Morrissey said:

"Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor...even her own Cabinet booted her out."


Opinions divided on former PM Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, who was Britain's Prime Minister for more than a decade, has died after suffering a stroke this morning - she was 87.

Reaction to her death has reflected the division of opinion in Britain that her uncompromising style of politics helped to create.

David Cameron said "she didn't just lead our country, she saved our country" but some of her political opponents believe she will be remembered for ''destructive and divisive policies''.

ITV News' Bill Neely looks back at the legacy of the Iron Lady.

Thatcher's lasting effect on northern mining communities

The effect of the policies developed by Margaret Thatcher were perhaps felt hardest in the coalfields of northern Britain.

When she came to power in 1979 there were still nearly 300,000 miners. Margaret Thatcher had seen the power of their union humble Edward Heath, the previous Conservative prime minister.

But cutting jobs left mining communities with a bitterness towards Lady Thatcher that endures to this day.

Geraint Vincent reports from Orgreave, South Yorkshire, where one of the most bitter battles took place:

People divided on Thatcher's legacy

Margaret Thatcher was one of the most divisive politicians in British history. We asked users of the ITV News Facebook page what they thought would be her lasting impact on the country:

  • Jacqueline Wilson: "She sold off all the utilities which means we now can't afford them."
  • Chantelle D'Brionne: "She did (overall) a fine job considering the times of her reign. Cold War ended and Falklands stayed British, not to mention women more respected in the workplace."
  • Anne Cryer-Whitehead: "She crushed communities. Privatised so many utilities. Bashed unions. Introduced poll tax. I for one am glad she's gone."
  • James Bayley: "Standing up to the EU, her patriotic leadership, poll tax, Falkland Islands and her professional relationship with Ronald Regan."


  1. Debi Edward - ITV News Scotland Correspondent

Protesters mark death of 'woman with blood on her hands'

Demonstrators gather in George Square in Glasgow. Credit: Debi Edward

The death of Baroness Thatcher has prompted an anti-Conservative protest in Glasgow.

People in the George Square demonstration tell me they are here to "celebrate the death of a woman with blood on her hands" for the Falklands war and the mining community.

One woman embraced her friend in celebration and told me it is because Mrs Thatcher "decimated communities in Scotland."

David Miliband: Thatcher 'inspired me to join Labour'

Former foreign secretary David Miliband, who recently announced that he would be resigning as an MP, said Margaret Thatcher "proved that ideas and politics matter."

NUS President calls for 'sensitivity' over Thatcher's death

Liam Burns, NUS President, has issued a statement to clarify his position after his announcement of Margaret Thatcher's death at the NUS conference was met with cheers.

After calling for 'sensitivity' over the death Burns faced 'misrepresentations' on Twitter.

Following misrepresentations on Twitter, I feel that I have to respond to Margaret Thatcher's death.

Now, let me be clear, I’m the last person to agree with Margaret Thatcher’s politics or her policy record as prime minister. But we must not forget that an elderly woman has just died. She had family, friends, colleagues and supporters who will want to pay their respects at this time, and the media and public debate will now be dominated by this unexpected news.

It's not just that this would reflect extremely badly upon us if we were to show disrespect at this time. We are better than that. We believe there is such thing as humanity. There is such a thing as sensitivity. And there is such a thing as respect. I ask you all to think very carefully indeed about how you respond to this news as conference continues.

– Liam Burns, NUS President
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