SOME of Chichester’s most prominent political figures, and our readers, have paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher.
News broke of Lady Thatcher’s death on Monday after she suffered a stroke while staying at London’s Ritz Hotel.
Tributes to the UK’s first female prime minister were paid by a number of Conservative politicians following news of her death.
Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie said: “Mrs Thatcher had the will – and the skill – to communicate to a wider public, even her opponents – her commitment to arresting and reversing Britain’s post-war decline. The degree of her success in this marks her out as Britain’s greatest post-war reformer.”
Posting on social networking site Twitter as the news spread, Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert said: “Britain was on its knees in the 1970s. Mrs Thatcher saved the country. She was incomparable.”
James Fanshawe, chairman of the Chichester Conservative Association, said: “On behalf of the Chichester Conservative Association, I know that all the members will be very sad to have heard of Baroness Thatcher’s death. She was a great leader and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
News of Lady Thatcher’s death also led to tributes on social networking sites – even from those who disagreed with her politics.
“Not unexpected, but a great shame – sad to see such a titan of 20th century politics gone,” posted Dan Watson on Twitter.
“Not loved by me but at least she was a three-dimensional politician, unlike most of those we’re currently saddled with,” posted another user, BustedFender.
Commenting on our Facebook page, Sue Long said: “Some people might have disagreed with Margaret Thatcher on many things but she was willing to make tough decisions and I admired her tenacity. She had a significant influence on politics and as the first female prime minister, she was a feminist icon whether she, or you, liked it or not.
Canine Partners in Midhurst played host to Lady Thatcher during a visit in 2009.
Chief executive Andy Cook, then director of operations, remembered her visit: “Lady Thatcher was strongly drawn towards the various Canine Partners dogs in attendance, and observed the new recruits being trained. A golden retriever-cross-poodle, Doyle, was a big hit as he presented the Baroness with a posy of flowers. Likewise, in brief respite from the strong sunshine, Lady Thatcher singled out labradoodle Saffy for a quiet cuddle.”