Baroness Thatcher dies following a stroke

The former prime minister has died at the age of 87.

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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.

Margaret Thatcher making a speech on 22 May 1980. Photograph: Getty Images
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