Friends and foes alike of former Conservative Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher have sent messages to mark her 80th birthday, which she celebrates on Thursday.
Baroness Thatcher served as prime minister between 1979 and 1990
A selection of some of these, put together by the Press Association, are included here:
Michael Howard, outgoing Conservative leader
I am delighted to
congratulate Margaret Thatcher on the achievement of her 80th birthday.
We have reflected this year on how Winston Churchill's political will and
iron courage saved a nation.
"What Churchill did in wartime, Margaret Thatcher did in peacetime. Her
political will and her iron courage saw off the threats to our way of life that
Britain faced in 1979.
"We all owe her an enormous debt. I wish her well for her
birthday and for many years to come."
Lord Howe, whose Commons attack preceded her downfall
"Happily for all of us, Margaret's 11
years of triumph, which ended in tragedy, still stand as a period of astonishing
"No Government did more in the 20th century to change the shape of our world
fundamentally and very largely for the better.
"The clash between Margaret and
myself, which ended our partnership, will be remembered much less than the
brilliance of her achievements. The real triumph was to have transformed not just one party but two, so that
when Labour did eventually return, the great bulk of Thatcherism was accepted as
Lord (Cecil) Parkinson, a former chairman of the Conservative Party
"I will never forget my first sight of Margaret Thatcher. It was in 1965. I was
attending the Conservative conference in Blackpool as a party worker.
"Margaret was replying to a debate on taxation. I had heard of her, but I had
never seen her before. At the end of the debate, this very good-looking blonde
woman, wearing a beautifully-tailored suit and a very impressive hat stood up to
address the conference.
"She looked as if she was on her way to a very smart wedding. She spoke with
huge authority and enthusiasm on what could have been a very dry subject and she
took the conference by storm.
"Ten years later, when she became the leader of the Conservative Party, the
late James Callaghan was quoted as saying 'we have just won the next election'. He could not believe that a woman leader of the Conservative Party would
beat him. Had he been at the Conservative conference in 1965, he would not have made
that patronising remark.
"He was neither the first nor the last person to
underestimate this remarkable woman."
Former Labour Cabinet Minister Tony Benn
"Mrs Thatcher said what she
meant and meant what she said. And did it. Although I thought the policies were
catastrophic in terms of democracy, she did not do anything by deception.
"Everyone knew what she wanted to do."
Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell, twice ejected for calling her a liar
"Margaret Thatcher's untruths in relation to the
Peruvian peace proposals in the Falklands War and the Solicitor General's letter
in the Westland Helicopter affair pale into insignificance compared to the lies
that Blair has told us in relation to the Iraq war."
Lord St John of Fawsley, first ministerial sacking by Margaret Thatcher
"She has my warmest congratulations on reaching such a splendid
anniversary. I would wish to say to her: `Why don't you come back? Remember that
Gladstone formed his fourth administration when he was 83'.
"There is such goodwill towards her in Parliament that there would be no
difficulty in passing the legislation to return her to the Commons. On the other
hand, she might well yet make more history and remain as Prime Minister in the
House of Lords."
Sir Bernard Ingham, her Downing Street press secretary
"The greatest tribute people pay these days is 'Come back Maggie'."
Lord Gilmour, who was also sacked by her as Lord Privy Seal, said:
she has a very happy birthday."
Lord Tebbit said: "I would just like to wish her many more happy birthdays and
"I served Margaret Thatcher as chief whip between 1963 and
1987, as well as in many other positions. She was for me a wonderful boss,
always ready to listen to well-put-together arguments and a reasoned case.
"I don't think I ever went to a meeting where she was not as well informed as
any of her colleagues."
Lord "Jim" Prior, former a cabinet minister in Thatcher years
"I wish her many happy returns and hope she has a good year ahead of her."
Sir John Nott, defence secretary in the Falklands conflict
"She braved an awful period in opposition as all Tory leaders do and no
one thought a woman could ever win an election. She did and was one of the great
prime ministers of the last century.
I have always liked her as a person, but
regrettably I don't see her very much these days."
Lord "Denis" Healey, one of her principal antagonists
"I would wish
her a happy birthday, certainly."
Lord Walker, a member of her Cabinet
"It was very exciting and a
privilege to be a member of her government and to have a relationship with her
that went back to 1955, when I took her place as the Conservative candidate for
"I wish her every happiness in the years ahead."
Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy
"I wish Lady Thatcher a very
happy 80th birthday.
"She was, without doubt, a prime minister who changed the
rules of engagement in our political debate. But, ironically, she bequeathed a
very difficult legacy for her own party."