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Margaret Thatcher: Hero or villain?

By Nick Thompson and Bryony Jones, CNN
updated 1:16 PM EDT, Mon April 8, 2013
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/uk-margaret-thatcher-dead/'>Margaret Thatcher</a>, the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at 87 after a stroke, a spokeswoman said Monday, April 8. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/margaret-thatcher-icon-outcast/'>Known as the "Iron Lady,"</a> Thatcher, as Conservative Party leader, was prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Here she visits British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London in June 2010. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at 87 after a stroke, a spokeswoman said Monday, April 8. Known as the "Iron Lady," Thatcher, as Conservative Party leader, was prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Here she visits British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London in June 2010.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died in London Monday at the age of 87.
  • Thatcher's admirers and detractors were quick to share their reactions to the news on Twitter.

London (CNN) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at the age of 87, helped to shape the course of 20th century history -- but not everyone believes the Iron Lady changed things for the better.

People around the globe took to Twitter following the announcement of Thatcher's death to offer tributes, and debate her legacy for Britain and for the world.

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