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Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke.

Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke.

Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said.

Lord Bell said: 'It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.'

Downing Street said the Lady Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral.

In a statement prime minister David Cameron said: 'It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Lady Thatcher. We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.'

The Queen is sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher and Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family, Buckingham Palace said today.

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Lady Thatcher earned a place in the history books as the first woman prime minister when she entered Downing Street in 1979.

Over the next 11 years even her critics admitted that she changed the face of the country.

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In recent years her health deteriorated, and she stopped making public appearances.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: 'Margaret Thatcher was one of the defining figures in modern British politics. Whatever side of the political debate you stand on, no one can deny that as Prime Minister she left a unique and lasting imprint on the country she served.

'She may have divided opinion during her time in politics but everyone will be united today in acknowledging the strength of her personality and the radicalism of her politics.'

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