Reaction to Baroness Thatcher’s death

Margaret Thatcher at Pawson's clothing factory, Pallion May 1980
Margaret Thatcher at Pawson's clothing factory, Pallion May 1980
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LEADERS in Sunderland are reacting to the news of Baroness Thatcher’s death.

The former Prime Minister passed away on Monday morning after a stroke.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliot told the Echo: “It is a sad day for her family, however, her policies had a devastating impact on Sunderland and the North East.”

Conservative councillor and former Parliamentary candidate Lee Martin, took a different view on the Iron Lady’s legacy.

“There are a lot of people who have been desperate for her to go,” he said. “However, what you will see is an amazing outpouring for a woman who was the closest thing to the American dream we have had. She was the personification of aspiration.”

“I think people today would appreciate more conviction from politicians like her.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has led tributes nationally.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton,” he said via Twitter.

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