MP pays tribute to former Tory leader Margaret Thatcher

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Lancaster’s Conservative MP is one of many who have paid tribute to Margaret Thatcher following her death on Monday.

Eric Ollerenshaw said: “There is no doubt, whatever one’s politics, the death of Mrs Thatcher must seem like the end of an era.

“For me she was someone who believed so much in the future of our country.

“Her courage and determination whether it be the Falklands, Europe, the economy or the Cold War are now part of history and certainly as our first woman prime minister, history will write her large.

“For me, whether it be listening to her speak at Conferences or meeting her personally, she was inspirational because she made it acceptable again to express pride in our country.”

The first and only female Prime Minister of Britain was 87 years old when she died at the Ritz Hotel in London.

“She visited Morecambe at least twice, once during the election in 1997 and just after she became Prime Minister.

“Margaret Thatcher will go down in history as a great Prime Minister who saved the country from ruin.”

Brian Jefferson of Morecambe and Lunesdale Conservative Association added: “Many residents of the Lancaster district will be saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret Thatcher, to date our only female prime minister. She was a transformative leader whose great vision reversed Great Britain’s national decline after the struggle to re-build during the post-war era.

“She will be remembered for granting home occupiers the right-to-buy, her implacable opposition to the trade unions, the privatisation of state-owned industries, the victory over Argentinean forces in the Falklands War, and as a prime mover in dismantling the Soviet Empire.

“Baroness Thatcher can be ranked alongside Sir Winston Churchill as one of Britain’s most important 20th century prime ministers. History will surely judge her leadership as fundamental to the economic stability of the last quarter of the 20th Century.”