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First Minister pays tribute to a 'truly formidable' Prime Minister

First Minister Alex Salmon has paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

"Margaret Thatcher was a truly formidable prime minister whose policies defined a political generation.

“No doubt there will now be a renewed debate about the impact of that legacy.

“Today, however, the proper reaction should be respect and condolences to her family."

– Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister

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Blair: Thatcher 'was kind and generous spirited'

Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:

“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.

And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.

She will be sadly missed.

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Widdecombe: Thatcher was a 'great legacy for women'

Former Conservative minister Anne Widdecombe speaks to ITV News.

Anne Widdecombe, former Conservative minister, told ITV News: "She was a very, very determined lady and a great legacy for women because there is an entire generation that, from the time they were five-years-old until the time that they had their first vote, knew nothing except a woman in charge."

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Thatcher was 'greatest PM of all time'

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MPs pay tribute to 'inspirational' Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher's life in the spotlight

File photo dated 13th July 1950 of Margaret Hilda Roberts, as the then Conservative candidate for Dartford Credit: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 10th June 1983 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers after her election win Credit: PA/PA Wire
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher addressing the Conservative Party Conference at Brighton in 1980 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Baroness Margaret Thatcher pictured outside her London home in November 2010 Credit: jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment
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