(You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.' M.T)
'Britain's first and only female prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died peacefully following a stroke at the age of 87', Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in British politics, was not only the the UK’s longest-serving prime minister in the 20th century,
Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role. She was one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century.
Lady Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, served as MP for Finchley, north London, from 1959 to 1992.
Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975 and won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Lady Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.
In a statement on the Downing Street Twitter feed, Mr Cameron said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."
London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: "Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today's politics."
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage called Lady Thatcher a "great inspiration", adding: "Whether you loved her or hated her nobody could deny that she was a great patriot, who believed passionately in this country and her people. A towering figure in recent British and political history has passed from the stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Senior Conservative MP David Davis said: "Margaret Thatcher was the greatest of modern British prime ministers, and was central to the huge transformation of the whole world that took place after the fall of the Soviet Union.
"Millions of people in Britain and around the world owe her a debt of gratitude for their freedom and their quality of life, which was made possible by her courageous commitment to the principles of individual freedom and responsibility."
'In 1990 Thatcher warned that
the Euro would end
Mr. Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): Will the Prime Minister tell us whether she intends to continue her personal fight against a single currency and an independent central bank when she leaves office?
Mr. Dennis Skinner (Bolsover): No. She is going to be the governor. [Laughter.]
The Prime Minister: What a good idea. I hadn't thought it. But if I were, there would be no European central bank accountable to no one, least of all to national Parliament. Because the point of that kind of European central bank is no democracy, taking powers away from every single Parliament, and being able to have a single currency, a monetary policy and interest rates which takes all political powers away from us. As my right hon. Friend (Mr. Lawson ) said in his first speech after the proposal of a single currency, a single currency is about the politics of Europe, it is about a federal Europe by the back door. So I shall consider the proposal of the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner ). Now where were we? I am enjoying this.
Mr. Michael Carttiss (Great Yarmouth) You can wipe the floor with these people.
How right she was! 21 years after this brilliant speech, Greece has had an unelected Prime Minister installed because of the euro crisis. Italy has also had an unelected Prime Minister installed, who then appointed an entire government cabinet without a single elected politician because of the euro crisis.'
( Margaret Thatcher 's home 10 Downing Street)
“I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. 'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation''..(M>T)
"The lady's not for turning" is a phrase used by Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, in her speech to the Conservative Party Conference on 10 October 1980. The term has thus been applied as a name to the speech in its entirety. It is considered a defining speech in Thatcher's political development becoming something of a Thatcherite motto.
The phrase made reference to Thatcher's refusal to perform a 'U-turn' in response to opposition to her liberalisation of the economy, which some commentators and Ted Heath had urged, mainly due to the fact that unemployment had risen to 2 million by the autumn of 1980 from 1.5 million the previous year and the economy was in recession, exceeding 3 million by the time the recession ended in 1982.
It was written by the playwright Sir Ronald Millar, who had been Thatcher's speech-writer since 1973, and was a pun on the 1948 play The Lady's Not for Burning by Christopher Fry, although Thatcher missed the reference herself. Millar had intended the 'you turn if you want to' line, which preceded it to be the most popular, and it received an ovation itself, but it was 'the lady's not for turning' that received the headlines.
The speech as a whole was very warmly received at the conference, and received a five-minute standing ovation.'