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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Posted by Parveen Hassan
| 02:56

Baroness Margaret Thatcher was a dominant feature of our British political history. She was the first woman to lead the Conservative party, the first British female prime minister. Her political convictions were stronger than many around her.

On the world stage, this great stateswoman made a tremendous impact on our lives and the economy. The difficult decisions that followed, for her dream and ambition was to make Britain stronger, centre of the world, and powerful. She knew this can only be achieved by the British people striving to become richer by working hard and full of aspirations to build a confident society.

Her commitment to freedom and democracy paved her way to centre stage, gaining admiration and respect amongst world leaders, you only need to read the tributes pouring in.

Margaret Thatcher loved her country, yet will also be known as one of the most divisive politicians in political history. It upsets me dearly when a minority are celebrating her death. Further debate on the funeral preparations, others are reflecting on her determination and legacy.

The Iron lady led and pursued, many categorically acknowledging them as unpopular decisions. Britain  under her reign won the Falklands War. Her policies from privatisation, free markets, and for the first time people to own their council homes discounted gave new hope, people yearning for more.

She's now quoted as one who saved Britain, the greatest peace time prime minister, and the one who shaped foreign affairs.

We cannot easily forget, Margaret Thatcher gave hope of a differing kind for all and not just women running family households. She was not a feminist, simply a leader with a passion to lead and on the contrary of varied political beliefs from the opposition, she laid a foundation of Conservatism for many to reflect and respect.