Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of The Sun from 1981 to 1994, told ITV News that Margaret Thatcher "had an umbilical cord in difficult times to the voter".
He added: "We don't have leaders like that at the moment. It might be a different time. She was a sensation and her Thatcherite legacy will be something that will haunt the Conservative Party for decades to come."
The death of Baroness Thatcher dominates all of the UK newspaper front pages today.
Baroness Thatcher, who was Britain's prime minister for over a decade, has died today aged 87 after suffering a stroke, her family said.