8 April 2013 Baroness Thatcher dies following a stroke The former prime minister has died at the age of 87. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Margaret Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell has announced. He said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later." Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. › A storm coming: What economics can learn from meteorology Margaret Thatcher making a speech on 22 May 1980. Photograph: Getty Images Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!