Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dies of stroke

Margaret Thatcher was given the nickname "Iron Lady" for her firm resolve and unwavering course in the face of opposition. (Source: Wiki Commons/Happyme22) Margaret Thatcher was given the nickname "Iron Lady" for her firm resolve and unwavering course in the face of opposition. (Source: Wiki Commons/Happyme22)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:09 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 05:57:21 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
  • Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:44:25 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 05:57:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...
    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.More >>
    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.More >>
  • French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

    French nun known as allied troops 'White Angel' dies at 103

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:44:10 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:57 AM EDT2018-04-22 05:57:11 GMT
    French authorities say a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" who helped allied soldiers during a failed 1942 raid in the Normandy region has died.More >>
    French authorities say a 103-year-old nun known as the "White Angel" who helped allied soldiers during a failed 1942 raid in the Normandy region has died.More >>

(RNN) - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday of a stroke. She was 87.

Thatcher suffered from numerous medical issues and had multiple strokes since 2002.

Thatcher is the only woman ever to have held the position of prime minister of the United Kingdom, and also held the post longer than anyone. She was in office from May 1979 until November 1990, serving in that post for more than 11 years.

Thatcher was a chemist, lawyer and more importantly, a political and social trailblazer for most of her life.

Her early tenure as the top political figure in Britain was rife with turmoil as the state was in what was perceived as decline and the world was at the height of the Cold War. Thatcher countered an economic recession and social woes with conservative financial policies, efforts to stabilize race relations and aggressive participation in foreign affairs.

Her amicable meeting with Communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1984 helped ease tensions that Western countries held toward the Soviet Union.

In 1989, Thatcher also put pressure on President George H.W. Bush to intervene in Kuwait and drive out invading forces led by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

She staunchly supported the privatization of business and the dissolving of unions and believed in minimal wasted spending – even in her personal life.

Thatcher's position on race was one that equality and variety were not mutually exclusive, however, she held to very strict policies. She encouraged Britain to promote better relations with the Jewish population and made the first-ever trip to Israel by a sitting prime minister. But British foreign policies that she inherited and continued through her tenure conflicted with peacekeeping efforts of Israel.

Thatcher also lauded the multiple benefits that immigration provided her country, but her support of limiting the number of Vietnamese immigrants into the United Kingdom raised eyebrows.

Despite facing waning support and the effects of negative perception, she steadfastly held her course and won enough support for two re-elections.

Thatcher even shook off an assassination attempt by insisting that a conference where the Irish Republic Army planted a car bomb continue the next day. She gave her scheduled speech, despite the death of the wife of one of her cabinet ministers and four other people in the blast.

The bombing brought to a head protests in Northern Ireland over the prime minister's refusal to change the treatment of political prisoners in that country.

Thatcher did meet with one political challenge she could not successfully overcome, and it led to her subsequent resignation.

She faced low disapproval ratings for the duration of her premiership and her popularity hit rock bottom when she sought to implement a tax that would have taken away people's right to vote for refusal to pay. Fallout from the tax, the disagreement and eventual resignation of her last original cabinet minister and dissention within the Conservative Party forced Thatcher to tender her resignation on Nov. 13, 1990.

Born Margaret Hilda Roberts on Oct. 13, 1925, in Grantham, she showed a dedication to academics and a strong work ethic early on.

She earned a chemistry degree after studying under Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dorothy Hodgkin. Thatcher worked as a research chemist after college, but soon abandoned that to run for the Labour seat of Dartford in both 1950 and 1951.

Although she lost handily each year, Thatcher's presence narrowed noticeable gaps in the party majority.

She briefly left her pursuit of politics in the early 1950s to earn a law degree, get married and start a family.

Denis Thatcher and Margaret Roberts wed in December 1951, and she gave birth to Mark and Carol Thatcher in 1953.

It wasn't long after she gave birth to twins that she began to display the fiery will that eventually earned her the nickname "Iron Lady."

After suffering another defeat in her next race – this time by a much narrower margin – Thatcher made a successful bid in 1959 to represent Finchley as a member of Parliament.

It was the beginning of a long, distinguished career that took her to the pinnacle of British politics.

She later served as Secretary for Education and Science, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party.

Following her time as prime minister, Thatcher was honorary chancellor of two British universities and also worked as a consultant for the Altria Group, formerly known as the Phillip Morris tobacco company.

Thatcher's waning health in recent years, including a diagnosis of dementia and bladder surgery to remove a growth, had prevented her from attending several political functions. In 2007 her lung collapsed during a House of Lords dinner, and she was unable to attend a 2011 ceremony honoring former President Ronald Reagan because of her poor health.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly