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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

margaret thatcher Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, died today at the age of 87.

Nicknamed The Iron Lady, Thatcher was an icon in British politics. She was the first-ever female British Prime Minister when she was voted into office in 1979. She’ll be forever remembered for her tough stance against the unions as well as standing up for the British citizens on the Falklands, a set of remote islands in the south Atlantic Ocean that she went to war with Argentina over.

But in soccer circles, she will be remembered for her government’s clumsy attempts in the mid-to-late 1980′s to try to police the game such as an ID card initiative that was recommended by her government to weed out hooligans, which backfired.

Thatcher was an integral figure in the developments that happened after the Hillsborough Tragedy in 1989. She was fed lies by Merseyside Police that drunken fans caused the Hillsborough Disaster.

Thatcher died today after suffering a stroke.


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