Tributes paid to Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher suffered ill health during her later years.
Margaret Thatcher suffered ill health during her later years.

The leader of Erewash Borough Council has paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher following the 87-year-old’s death today (Monday).

Calling it a ‘sad day’, Cllr Chris Corbett said: “She was a great Prime Minister who did more good for the working man than most Prime Ministers before or since.

“She was a true iron lady who put Britain first.”

He recalled when he met her at a Conservative conference in Perth, Scotland while she was Prime Minister and convinced her to draw the winning raffle ticket.

Cllr Corbett added that he hopes ‘all sides of political opinion’ will pay tribute in a ‘respectful manner’ to Lady Thatcher, who died from a stroke.

Erewash’s Labour leader was less said: “At the end of the day she was the most divisive woman in British politics.

“You‘ve got to admire her for being a strong and charismatic leader.

“But modern Britain is a result of Thatcherite policies and it’s taken a very long time for Labour Governments to try to resolve those problems.”

Lady Thatcher was leader from 1979 to 1990 and was the UK’s first woman Prime Minister.