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North Yorkshire Reacts to Margaret Thatcher Death


7:09pm 8th April 2013

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

Britain's first woman Prime Minister led the Conservatives to three election victories but was a divisive figure during her time in office.

Politicians in North Yorkshire have been reacting to the news she passed away due to a stroke this morning.

Labour leader of City of York Council, Coun. James Alexander said:

“I’m sad to learn of the death of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher today after she suffered a stroke.  Whether you agreed or disagreed with what she did in Government, she had conviction in her beliefs enough to effect change in an environment where it is notoriously difficult to achieve change.  She was a strong leader who carried her party with her, but who alienated herself with an important and significant proportion of the population.  I’m sure her death will lead to renewed assessments of the contribution she made to public life”.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, expressed her great sadness at the death of Lady Thatcher earlier today

Anne McIntosh said “The sad passing of Lady Thatcher marks the end of a great era in British politics. Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister for ten years and achieved a sea change in the way the country was run.”

“With trade union reforms, privatisation of companies like British Airways and BT and other domestic reforms, Lady Thatcher enabled British companies to compete and open up markets previously not available to them.”

“People were able to own their own homes and to buy shares in an unprecedented way.”

"It was under her premiership and the British Conservative Commissioner Lord Cockfield that the European Single Market was opened up to British companies particularly in the insurance, transport and energy sectors.”

“In foreign policy, Lady Thatcher will be remembered for saving the Falklands and for establishing good relations with China and Russia as well as the special relationship with the United States.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. She will be greatly missed but her legacy will live on.”

Julian Sturdy, the Conservative MP for York Outer, said in a statement:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Baroness Thatcher. While I understand she polarised opinion, for me, and I expect for many others, she was one of the greatest Prime Ministers this Country has ever had. She came to power in 1979, at a time when the Country was being crippled by trade unionism and a Keynesian economic consensus that simply wasn’t working. She was steadfast in her principles throughout her 11-year-premiership, barely shifting an inch, and the Country was in far greater shape in 1990 as a result.

“Baroness Thatcher was one of my leading influences and she’s a huge part of the reason I’m in Politics today. I expect many of my Conservative Colleagues in Westminster and indeed across the Country would say much the same. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

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