Breaking news: Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87

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Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died aged 87 following a stroke.

The news was announced by Lord Bell, who said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”

Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

She attended the Tory Party Conference at the Spa Complex, Scarborough, in March 1989.

Just days before, a cache of guns, ammunition and Semtex explosive had been found hidden in a roadside clearing near Scalby.

Police did not reveal how many weapons were found, but said the amount of Semtex was substantial.

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill paid tribute, saying: “It’s the end of an era.

“My generation remembers her with either affection or loathing depending which side of the political spectrum you were on.

“But people respected her. She stood up to people and was a tough negotiator.

“I believe she was one of the greatest Prime Ministers this country has seen.”

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, born 1925, studied chemistry at Oxford University, and worked as a research chemist before becoming a barrister in 1954.

She began her parliamentary career in 1961. In 1970 she was made Secretary of State for Education and Science, and in 1974, Opposition Front-bench Spokesperson.

She was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, and in 1979 became Britain’s first female prime minister.