DERBYSHIRE: MP’s speak following Thatcher’s death

Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher.

A Conseravtive MP has hailed Baroness Thatcher as “one of the best Prime Ministers we’ve ever had”.

Britain’s first and only female political leader died peacefully aged 87 on Monday.

Nigel Mills, Conservative MP for the Amber Valley, said: “She was a strong leader who turned the country around following the troubles of the 1970s.

“She was one of the best Prime Ministers we’ve ever had.”

Natascha Engel, Labour MP for NE Derbyshire, added: “She was a divisive figure and many will remember her for devastating local communities and a way of life.

“History will record her as a major figure in British politics but her policies will continue to provoke debate for many years to come.”

Toby Perkins, Labour MP for Chesterfield, said the former Prime Minister was responsible for the “death” of the mining industry across Derbyshire.

Firebrand Labour MP for Bolsover and former miner Dennis Skinner, who clashed with Baroness Thatcher on numerous occasions, was unavailable for comment.

Prime Minister David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at her death.

Her funeral will take place in London next Wednesday.

On the Derbyshire Times Facebook page, we asked readers for their memories of Baroness Thatcher.

Troy Luhg Brazier said: “No good memories here.”

James Mr Freak Toft said: “There will be some very happy people out there.”

Jamie Houghton said: “Depriving hundreds of thousands of families of their dignity when stripping the coalfields, steel industry and other manufacturing employments.”

Mel Wooton said: “She took away British jobs!”

Chris Mallory said: “The only post-war Prime Minister to stand up for our country. She allowed hard-working people to better themselves, smashed the unions which had destroyed our industry, enabled people to buy their homes and much more.”

Jakk Tennant said: “The last quality leader of this country. She was ruled by honour not money and perks.”

Jenni Griffiths said: “She gave young girls a positive role model. She was a woman in Government and did a bang up good job. She has my respect and I am deeply saddened by her passing.”

Laura Anne Batterham said: “I don’t have any memories but every time I travel to Clay Cross I see a mural with placards saying ‘coal not dole’. I think that sums it up.”