Margaret Hilda Roberts, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven (born in 1925) was education minister 1970-1974 and Conservative Party leader from 1975.
In 1982 she sent British troops to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina. She confronted trade-union power during the miners' strike 1984-1985, sold off majority stakes in many public utilities to the private sector, and reduced the influence of local government through such measures as the abolition of metropolitan councils, the control of expenditure through "rate-capping", and the introduction of the community charge, or poll tax, from 1989.
In 1990 splits in the cabinet over the issues of Europe and consensus government forced her resignation. An astute Parliamentary tactician, she tolerated little disagreement, either from the opposition or from within her own party.
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Margaret Thatcher is a former British Conservative politician, prime minister 1979-1990.
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