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Thatcher Anniversary Monday, 3 May, 1999, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
The Thatcher years
On the 20th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's first election victory, BBC News Online remembers her premiership.

The first woman party leader and prime minister, Margaret Thatcher ruled the United Kingdom for longer than any other post-war leader. She brought a unique, indomitable approach to the job.


The poll tax, the Falklands War, the miners' strike and the drive towards a more market-orientated society through the floatation of state-owned companies stand out in the Thatcher years.


One of Margaret Thatcher's loyalist admirers was her press secretary Bernard Ingham. On the other side, Ken Livingstone, then leader of the Greater London Council, provided fierce opposition from across the Thames. Here, they reflect on the Thatcher era.


Baroness Thatcher remains a character who can generate headlines around the world with a single sternly raised eyebrow. Her ultimate impact may take time to assess, but her present influence suggests she will be remembered for decades to come.

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