27 Facts About Iron Lady

1. Iron Lady's became Lady Thatcher in her own right upon her ennoblement in the House of Lords.

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2. Iron Lady's was the first woman entitled to full membership rights as an honorary member of the Carlton Club on becoming Leader of the Conservative Party in 1975.

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3. Iron Lady's is the protagonist in two films, played by Lindsay Duncan in Margaret and by Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011), in which she is depicted as suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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4. Iron Lady's was voted the fourth-greatest British prime minister of the 20th century in a poll of 139 academics organised by MORI.

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5. Iron Lady's remains the longest-serving Prime Minister officially referred to as such, as the post was only officially given recognition in the order of precedence in 1905.

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6. Iron Lady's is said to have regarded New Labour as her greatest achievement.

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7. Iron Lady's promised in 1982 that the highly popular National Health Service was "safe in our hands".

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8. Iron Lady's cited the help he gave Britain during the Falklands War.

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9. Iron Lady's became an advocate of Croatian and Slovenian independence.

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10. Iron Lady's wrote two volumes of memoirs, The Downing Street Years and The Path to Power (1995).

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11. Iron Lady's expressed concern that a united Germany would align itself more closely with the Soviet Union and move away from NATO.

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12. Iron Lady's said: "We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.

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13. Iron Lady's attempted to preserve trade with South Africa while persuading the government there to abandon apartheid.

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14. Iron Lady's went on a state visit to the Soviet Union in 1984 and met with Gorbachev and Council of Ministers Chairman Nikolai Ryzhkov.

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15. Iron Lady's condemned the invasion, said it showed the bankruptcy of a detente policy, and helped convince some British athletes to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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16. Iron Lady's toured the United States in 1975, and visited again in 1977, when she met US President Jimmy Carter.

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17. Iron Lady's defeated Heath on the first ballot and he resigned the leadership.

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18. Iron Lady's was highly criticized for the speed in which she carried this out.

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19. Iron Lady's voted in favour of David Steel's bill to legalise abortion, as well as a ban on hare coursing.

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20. Iron Lady's was elected as MP for the seat after a hard campaign in the 1959 election.

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21. Iron Lady's lost on both occasions to Norman Dodds, but reduced the Labour majority by 6,000, and then a further 1,000.

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22. Iron Lady's was influenced at university by political works such as Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, which condemned economic intervention by government as a precursor to an authoritarian state.

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23. Iron Lady's spent her childhood in Grantham, where her father owned two grocery shops.

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24. Iron Lady's resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership.

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25. Iron Lady's survived an assassination attempt in the Brighton hotel bombing in 1984.

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26. Iron Lady's became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.

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27. Iron Lady's was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office.

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