Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013 Debate in UK Parliament
Part 1 of the Debate–David Cameron
Hailing her as an “extraordinary leader — and an extraordinary woman”, Cameron said Thatcher was moreover renowned internationally for helping defeat communism during the 1980s and ending the Cold War.
“Today, in different corners of the world, there are millions of people who know that they owe their freedom, in part, to Margaret Thatcher,” Cameron said.
Supporters say Thatcher’s free-market reforms made Britain stronger and hail her leadership during the Falklands War with Argentina, while critics complain her economic policies and battles with the trade unions destroyed millions of lives.
But opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband acknowledged her impact on Britain.
“Whatever your view of her, Margaret Thatcher was a unique and towering figure,” he said in answer to Cameron’s comments.
Thatcher’s son Mark said his twin sister Carol and the rest of their family had been “overwhelmed” by messages of support they had received from around the globe. Their mother died at London’s Ritz Hotel after a stroke.
Mark said that Thatcher would have been “greatly honoured” by Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to attend her funeral next Wednesday, a rare honour from the monarch only accorded to Winston Churchill.