By Daniel Hunter

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

Baroness Thatcher's spokesperson confirmed she had passed away after a stroke.

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," Lord Bell said.

Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. David Cameron called her a "great Briton" and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death.

Baroness Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

In a statement on the Downing Street Twitter feed, Mr Cameron said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family," it said.

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