It is being reported by BBC World Service that Ex Prime Minster Margret Thatcher has died:
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.
Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.
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.
Margaret Thatcher, Towering, Divisive and yet Revered – NYTimes.com
LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, a towering, divisive and yet revered figure who left an enduring impact on British politics, died on Monday of a stroke, her family said.
“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” a statement from her spokesman, Lord Tim Bell, said.
Twitter Responds to the Death of Conservative Prime Minister Margret Thatcher
Baroness Thatcher has died this morning follow a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell says
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 8, 2013
There is no politician whose passing I could mourn more than Margaret Thatcher. A remarkable, and inspirational, woman.
— Victoria (@VictoriaMonro) April 8, 2013
Thatcher has died – The Press Association statement: Margaret Thatcher was the woman who, virtually… tmblr.co/ZEDs0wiCKDUy
— Tony McMahon (@tonyrossmcmahon) April 8, 2013
RIP Margaret Thatcher, one of the great leaders of the 20th century
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) April 8, 2013
“In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcher, 1965.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) April 8, 2013
Sad to hear about the passing of Margaret Thatcher Love her quote “Pennies don’t fall from heaven they have to be earned here on earth”RIP
— Jill Kamen Zarin (@Jillzarin) April 8, 2013