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George W Bush pays tribute to 'inspirational leader'

Former US President George Bush paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, saying she was an "inspirational leader" and a "great example of strength and character."

Laura and I are saddened by the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. She was an inspirational leader who stood on principle and guided her nation with confidence and clarity.

Prime Minister Thatcher is a great example of strength and character, and a great ally who strengthened the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Laura and I join the people of Great Britain in remembering the life and leadership of this strong woman and friend.

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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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