Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (née
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 Roberts; born 13 October 1925) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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 from 1979 to 1990. During her time as prime minister, Thatcher's strict conservative policies, hard line against trade unions, and tough rhetoric in opposition to the Soviet Union earned her the nickname, the "Iron Lady
Iron Lady
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Originally a barrister, Thatcher became Member of Parliament (MP)
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 for Finchley
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 in the 1959 general election
United Kingdom general election, 1959
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My job is to stop Britain going red.

Statement (3 November 1977)

I can't bear Britain in decline. I just can't.

Interviewed by Michael Cockerell for BBC TV's Campaign '79 (27 April, 1979).