Baroness Thatcher dies after stroke

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arriving at 10 Downing Street in London after winning the general election Photo: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Baroness Thatcher has died aged 87 following a stroke, it has been announced.

The former prime minister, who had suffered bouts of illness for many years, was said to have died peacefully.

Baroness Thatcher won three general elections in her 11 years as prime minister Credit: PA

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later."

– Baroness Thatcher's spokesman, Lord Bell

"The Queen is sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher and Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."

– Buckingham Palace
Flowers laid outside the home of Lady Thatcher in Belgravia, London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton."

– David Cameron on Twitter
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers after her election win Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lady Thatcher earned a place in the history books as the first woman prime minister when she entered Downing Street in 1979.

Over the next 11 years even her critics admitted that she changed the face of the country.

In recent years her health deteriorated, and she stopped making public appearances.