'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher Passes AwayWorld | April 8, 2013, Monday // 14:59| views
A file picture dated on 08 November 2005 shows former Conservative Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher arriving at Westminster Abbey in central London, Britain for the memorial service for former conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. Photo b
Famous former British PM Margaret Thatcher has passed away, aged 87.
The conservative politician led the United Kindgom as its premier from 1979 to 1990, the longest office held by a British PM in the 20th century.
Up to now, she is also the only woman to have held the post.
Her spokesman announced Monday that Margaret Thatcher had died in her sleep following a stroke, writes the BBC.
In 2002, Thatcher survived several minor strokes.
Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.
Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975. She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Baroness Thatcher's government privatized several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.