Harpenden MP saddened by Margaret Thatcher’s death
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HARPENDEN MP Peter Lilley has paid warm tribute to the former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher who died this morning aged 87 after suffering a stroke.
Mr Lilley, who worked with Baroness Thatcher as a speech writer before being elected as an MP, said it was a sad day for British politics but her memory would “linger on forever”.
Recalling working alongside the UK’s first female Prime Minister he said: “The thing people don’t realise is the less important you were the kinder she was to you. When you became a cabinet minister she gave you a hard time.
“I can remember being summoned to an important emergency speech writing event and she had been abroad and had no sleep for days and tore into a cabinet minister. She noticed I had a black tie on and I said I had been to a funeral and she was full of concern. The contrast in the treatment was remarkable.
“She was so very decisive and energetic and working with her filled you with energy.”
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Mr Lilley also has fond memories of Lady Thatcher - often dubbed the ‘Iron Lady’ - visiting St Albans City Hospital in 1985.
He added: “She went into one room and talked to an elderly lady. When she went to leave she [the patient] said thank you for coming to visit me and told her she bore a striking resemblance to the Prime Minister. She just thought she was a hospital visitor.”
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Baroness Thatcher served three consecutive terms in Downing Street from 1979 to 1990.