Ex-British PM Thatcher in hospital

The former British leader is in a stable condition after having medical checks.

    The authorities say the former prime minister is
    in a stable condition [GALLO/GETTY]

    Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, has often appeared at private functions in recent years, but makes few public statements.
     
    Earlier this year, she urged members of her Conservatives party to "hold firm to their beliefs" after she was honoured with a statue at the party's headquarters.
     
    Thatcher, nicknamed the Iron Lady, was prime minister from May 1979 until her resignation in November 1990.
     
    She was the first leader to win three elections in a row.
     
    Thatcher dominated British politics in the 1980s and was a firm supporter of Ronald Reagan, the former US president.
     
    She was given a clear bill of health by doctors in December 2005 since spending a night in a London hospital for tests after feeling faint.
     
    In March 2002, she cut back her workload after doctors said she had suffered a series of strokes.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.