'Iron Lady' dies

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke, a spokesman for the 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,” Lord Tim Bell said.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the tough, outspoken Thatcher, 87, led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century.—Text by Reuters/Images by Agencies

Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) is greeted by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she arrives at Thatcher's 80th birthday celebrations at the Mandarin hotel in London in this October 13, 2005 file photo.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) is greeted by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she arrives at Thatcher's 80th birthday celebrations at the Mandarin hotel in London in this October 13, 2005 file photo.
Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) and then U.S. President Ronald Reagan share a laugh during a meeting of the Allied leaders in New York in this October 24, 1985 file photo.
Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) and then U.S. President Ronald Reagan share a laugh during a meeting of the Allied leaders in New York in this October 24, 1985 file photo.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) and French President Francois Mitterrand talk to the media before a meeting about nuclear arms control at the Chateau de Benouville in Normandy, western France in this March 23, 1987 file photo.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) and French President Francois Mitterrand talk to the media before a meeting about nuclear arms control at the Chateau de Benouville in Normandy, western France in this March 23, 1987 file photo.
Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher points skyward as she receives standing ovation at Conservative Party Conference in this October 13, 1989 file photo.
Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher points skyward as she receives standing ovation at Conservative Party Conference in this October 13, 1989 file photo.
Britain's Baroness Thatcher reads the order of service surrounded by empty seats as she waits for Queen Elizabeth to deliver her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London in this November 13, 2002 file photo.
Britain's Baroness Thatcher reads the order of service surrounded by empty seats as she waits for Queen Elizabeth to deliver her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London in this November 13, 2002 file photo.
Britain's former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher attends a service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentine occupation by British forces, at the Falkand Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College, Berkshire, southern England in this June 14, 2007 file photo.
Britain's former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher attends a service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentine occupation by British forces, at the Falkand Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College, Berkshire, southern England in this June 14, 2007 file photo.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives for a service of thanksgiving and re-dedication on  Battle of Britain Sunday at Westminster Abbey in London in this September 19, 2010 file photo.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives for a service of thanksgiving and re-dedication on Battle of Britain Sunday at Westminster Abbey in London in this September 19, 2010 file photo.
Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shows emotion as she leaves a service of remembrance for her late husband Sir Denis Thatcher who died in June 2003, in London in this October 30, 2003 file photo.
Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher shows emotion as she leaves a service of remembrance for her late husband Sir Denis Thatcher who died in June 2003, in London in this October 30, 2003 file photo.
Britain's Prince Charles (2nd L) and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (2nd R) pose with Chelsea pensioners Dorothy Hughes (L) and Winifred Phillips as they attend the opening of a new infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London in this March 25, 2009 file photo.
Britain's Prince Charles (2nd L) and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (2nd R) pose with Chelsea pensioners Dorothy Hughes (L) and Winifred Phillips as they attend the opening of a new infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London in this March 25, 2009 file photo.
In this June 23, 1982 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures with her pen as she answers a reporters question during a news conference at the United Nations.
In this June 23, 1982 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures with her pen as she answers a reporters question during a news conference at the United Nations.
This is a 1980 file photo showing  British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
This is a 1980 file photo showing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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