Thatcher in Pictures

An icon over three decades, looks back on images of Margaret Thatcher

The unknown quantity

As depicted by the NS, April 1979

First Cabinet

Thatcher's first cabinet in1979


13 October 1925 Born Margaret Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Educated at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School. Studies chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford

January 1949 Selected as Tory candidate for Dartford, a safe Labour seat. Loses contests 1950, 1951

December 1951 Marries Denis Thatcher. Twins born 1953

July 1958 Selected as Tory candidate for Finchley. Wins in 1959

June 1970 Made secretary of state for education

February 1975 Becomes leader of the Conservative Party, defeating Edward Heath

May 1979 Wins general election

April 1982 Start of Falklands War. Secures second term a year later

March 1984 Start of miners’ strike

June 1987 Wins third consecutive term, the only 20th-century PM to do so

14 November 1990 Michael Heseltine challenges her to a leadership contest

28 November 1990 Steps down as Tory leader

Kate Ferguson

Action Thatcher

At the opening of the M25 motorway, 1986

Dancing with President Reagan at the White House, November 1988

Ralph Steadman on Thatcher



Return to Downing Street

After taking tea with Gordon Brown, September 2007