Tebbit: 'Thatcher gave me my chance in government'

Norman Tebbit

Lord Tebbit has paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher.

Tebbit worked with Thatcher in government on several key policy areas during his time as Secretary of State for Employment and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

This afternoon, he told ITV News: "To me personally, she meant a lot. She gave me my chance in government.

"We worked very closely together, most particularly on the changes in employment law, which changed this country from having one of the worst industrial relations records in the Western world, to one of the best.

"I've always been grateful to her for giving me that chance.

"She was a remarkable woman, because despite some of the stereotypes, she always sought to look at the facts of a matter before she started giving her opinions."