Below is the text of Sir John Major’s statement following the death of Baroness Thatcher, issued on 8th April 2013.
STATEMENT BY THE RT HON SIR JOHN MAJOR KG CH ON THE DEATH OF THE RT HON THE BARONESS THATCHER, LG, OM, FRS
Margaret Thatcher was a true force of nature, and political phenomenon.
In Government, the UK was turned around under – and in large measure because of – her leadership.
Her reforms of the economy, trades union law, and her recovery of the Falkland Islands elevated her above normal politics, and may not have been achieved under any other leader.
Her outstanding characteristics will always be remembered by those who worked closely with her: courage and determination in politics; and humanity and generosity of spirit in private.
8th April, 2013