Tributes pour in for Margaret Thatcher after her death
PUBLISHED: 13:45 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 08 April 2013
AN MP has revealed his memories of “the warmth and magnetism” of Margaret Thatcher in the wake of her death.
The former prime minister died today (Monday) aged 87 following a stroke with North East Herts MP Oliver Heald paying tribute to the political powerhouse.
Tewin’s representative said: “Margaret Thatcher was the pre-eminent statesman of her period and changed Britain for ever. She made a huge impact on the lives of people in Britain and transformed the prospects of millions with reforms such as the sale of council houses and privatisation.
“On a personal level, she was very supportive when I was first a Conservative candidate and I will remember the warmth and magnetism of her personality, but above all, her resolute beliefs in what was right for the future of Britain.”
The leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council has also paid tribute to Lady Thatcher – who ruled from 1979 to 1990 – and recalls meeting her in the early 1990s.
Councillor John Dean said: “It’s very sad.
“I did have the pleasure of meeting her just the once at a reception in The House of Commons.
“She was a fine lady, a fantastic Prime Minister, she is the best peace time Prime Minister this country has ever had.
“Her policies were so strong, I have nothing but admiration.”
Councillor Dean’s sadness was echoed locally by the Welwyn & Hatfield Conservative Association.
Jonny Ball, constituency agent, said: “Someone has already said at least she is not going to suffer any more, she hasn’t been herself for the past few years.
“Here in the constituency we are deeply saddened and we are coming to terms with her death.”
The leader of Welwyn Hatfield’s Labour party labelled the divisive Prime minister an ‘inspiration’ but took a different line from his Conservative rivals.
He said: “She inspired me, she inspired me to get into politics and fight against everything she stood for and her party did,
“She may be gone but her ideology lives on and I can only assume that younger people are being inspired like I was.”
Potters Bar MP James Clappison said: “I was very sad to hear about Lady Thatcher’s death, she was the greatest peacetime Prime Minister and her [achievements] have brought lasting good to Britain and the world.
“She will be an inspiration for future generations.”
Knebworth’s MP Stephen McPartland also paid tribute to the Iron Lady.
“This will be a very sad day for her family and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time,” he said.
“Margaret Thatcher will always be remembered as the first female Prime Minister and Iron Lady that stood up to the Argentinians over the Falklands.”
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