John Major: Thatcher was a 'political phenomenon'

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major described Baroness Thatcher as a "true force of nature" and a "political phenomenon".

In government, the UK was turned around under - and in large measure because of - her leadership.

Her reforms of the economy, trades union law, and her recovery of the Falkland Islands elevated her above normal politics, and may not have been achieved under any other leader.

Her outstanding characteristics will always be remembered by those who worked closely with her: courage and determination in politics, and humanity and generosity of spirit in private.

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Margaret Thatcher funeral

Lady Thatcher's funeral will take place next Wednesday, David Cameron has announced. It will be a ceremonial funeral with full military honours. Her body was removed from The Ritz hotel overnight.