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In 1975, Margaret Thatcher ('''Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher''') became a leader of the Conservatives in Great Britain. She was opposed to socialism and ran on this issue. In 1979, she was elected as Prime Minister and the Conservatives swept into power. She sold many of the nationalized industries back to private investors and made tax cuts. Thatcher stood up against the powerful labor unions and stifled the British coal and newspaper industries and broke their power. Because of her strong standards and her leadership style, she became known as the "Iron Lady." Also, Thatcher supported the United States' actions against the Communists, led by President Ronald Reagan.  She led Britain to victory in the 1982 war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands. Continuously, Thatcher won three elections as Prime Minister from 1979-1987. Following a series of major riots against her, stemming mainly disquiet over the unpopular [[poll tax]] and concerns within the party over her alcoholism[http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,901553,00.html], the Conservative party voted to expel her from office in 1990. She was succeeded by [[John Major]] as Prime Minister (1990-97).
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In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became a leader of the Conservatives in Great Britain. She was opposed to socialism and ran on this issue. In 1979, she was elected as Prime Minister and the conservatives swept into power. She sold many of the nationalized industries back to private investors and made tax cuts. Thatcher stood up against the powerful labor unions and stifled the British coal and newspaper industries and broke their power. Because of her strong standards and her leadership style, she became known as the "Iron Lady."  
  
Next to Winston Churchill many in the US consider Thatcher to be the most important British political leader of the twentieth century; however in the UK, particularly Scotland, her legacy is far more controversial, due to memories of the unprecedentedly high unemployment levels during her term in office and the high (by UK standards) polarization between rich and poor[http://www.londonclasswar.org/newswire_trafalgarsquare.php].
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Also, Thatcher supported the United States' actions against the Communists, ledby President Ronald Reagan. She led Britain to victory in the 1982 war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands. Continuously, Thatcher won elections as Prime Minister from 1979-1990. Next to Winston Churchill many consider Thatcher to be the most important British political leader of the twentieth century.

Revision as of 06:38, 14 March 2007

In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became a leader of the Conservatives in Great Britain. She was opposed to socialism and ran on this issue. In 1979, she was elected as Prime Minister and the conservatives swept into power. She sold many of the nationalized industries back to private investors and made tax cuts. Thatcher stood up against the powerful labor unions and stifled the British coal and newspaper industries and broke their power. Because of her strong standards and her leadership style, she became known as the "Iron Lady."

Also, Thatcher supported the United States' actions against the Communists, ledby President Ronald Reagan. She led Britain to victory in the 1982 war with Argentina over the Falklands Islands. Continuously, Thatcher won elections as Prime Minister from 1979-1990. Next to Winston Churchill many consider Thatcher to be the most important British political leader of the twentieth century.