Politicians react to death of Britain’s first female PM

Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died
Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died

Politicians in north Northumberland and beyond have paid their tributes to Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who died this week aged 87.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith said: “Margaret Thatcher had qualities of steel-like determination which meant that she got things done – the problem was that although they were sometimes necessary, they were sometimes the wrong things, and she believed that everything could best be controlled from London, which was no help to the north.

“The fact that she came from a modest background to be a strong leader of a party which was suspicious of women in leadership is a tribute to her strength of character.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Berwick, said: “Mrs Thatcher will remain forever as a formative leader in my own political efforts.

“She led the way in showing me that a woman who believes in her community and her country can stand for election and can bring strength and purpose to such a role.

“Mrs Thatcher’s energy and determination to save our country from the overbearing might of the unions, her grit in the face of Franco-German super-state ambitions and her strength to drive forwards economic change which made the UK strong again will forever be part of my political campaigning.”