Margaret Thatcher entered politics in 1959 as MP for Finchley in London and was given her first government job in 1961. She served as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Pensions until 1964.
She was elected leader of the conservative party in February 1975.
The conservative general election victory of 1979 saw her as Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
Margaret Thatcher and the conservative party were elected by a significant majority for a second term in 1983. Victory in The Falklands War of 1982 gave her the country’s support.
By the end of Thatcher’s second term as PM few aspects of British life had escaped the sweeping transformations she had made.
Terrorist bombing in Brighton 1984 nearly killed Thatcher and her government.
She remained a member of Parliament until the 1992 election and was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher.
She died 8th April 2013