Former PM Margaret Thatcher hailed locally for ‘remarkable impact’ on politics

Former PM Margaret Thatcher.
Former PM Margaret Thatcher.

The late Margaret Thatcher has been hailed for her ‘remarkable impact’ on British politics by local political figures.

Lord Philip Norton of Louth, now an author, academic and lecturer, wrote on his blog that Mrs Thatcher, who died on Monday, was ‘arguably the most remarkable politician of modern times’.

On Monday local political figures paid tribute to former Prime Minister who died following a stroke.

The former PM hailed from Grantham in Lincolnshire and her husband Denis was portrayed in the 2011 film The Iron Lady by Jim Broadbent, who lived near Louth for many years.

She visited the area in 1988 when she officially opened the ‘V field project’ at Theddlethorpe’s ConocoPhillips gas terminal.

“Margaret Thatcher was an innovator, pursuing a radical policy for which she was essentially responsible,” said Lord Norton on his blog.

Though admitting her election successes in 1983 and 1987 were ‘more attributable to Thatcher than to Thatcherism’, Lord Norton recognised her impact on the world stage.

“She achieved the implementation of radical policies, despite never managing to create a fully Thatcherite parliamentary party or Cabinet,” he said.

“She had a remarkable impact upon British politics, the state, and how the UK was seen in the rest of the world.”

“She was arguably the most remarkable politician of modern times.”

Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell has not yet been available for comment on Mrs Thatcher’s death, but nearby Market Rasen MP Edward Leigh said he was saddened by the news.

“Mrs Thatcher was hugely admired for her political conviction,” said Mr Leigh.

“Her achievements, from a domestic and an international perspective, are extraordinary.

“Mrs Thatcher’s opening words, borrowed from St Francis Assisi, on the steps of Downing Street are still as poignant and visionary today as they were then: ‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.’”

Skegness and Boston MP Mark Simmonds also took to social networking website Twitter to say: “Very sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher’s passing today. Privileged to have known Britain’s first female leader. A Great British PM.”

It has been announced that Mrs Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral on April 17, following a procession from Westminster.

Read more local reaction to Mrs Thatcher’s death in the Leader on Wednesday.