Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister in European history, was both admired and despised by the British public. Some believe that her economic policies saved the United Kingdom from financial ruin and made Britain a major world economic contender. Others insist that she operated a harsh and uncaring regime that divided the nation.
The first British prime minister in the twentieth century to win three consecutive terms and the longest-serving British prime minister since 1827, Thatcher began her political career in 1961 as joint parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, a post which she held until 1964. She served as a shadow minister in Harold Macmillan's administration from 1964 …
Grimshaw, Tammy. "Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2004
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