Statement on the death of Baroness Thatcher

Following the death of former Prime Minister, Rt Hon The Baroness Thatcher, North West Conservative MEP, Jacqueline Foster said:

"This is a very, very sad day.  Margaret Thatcher was a true conviction politician and an inspiration to many around the world.  Her record as the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century and, of course, the only woman to have held the office, stands head and shoulders above her opponents.

"She was my inspiration to join the Party during the 1980s as she transformed our country from the 'sick man of Europe' of the 1970s and restored Great Britain's reputation.     

"I had the privilege of meeting Lady Thatcher on many occasions, culminating with her spending a day with me during my campaign in the 1997 General Election. 

"She will be sadly missed by all of us in the Party who knew her and her millions of supporters around the world.  I send my sincere condolences to her family on this very sad day."