Not in Cabinet Norman Fowler, Transport Minister John Biffen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Howell, Energy Secretary Norman St John Stevas, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Humphrey Atkins, Northern Ireland Secretary George Younger, Scottish Secretary Michael Heseltine, Environment Secretary Nicholas Edwards, Welsh Secretary Patrick Jenkin, Social Services Secretary John Nott, Trade Secretary Mark Carlisle, Education Secretary Angus Maude, Paymaster General Sir John Hunt, Secretary to the Cabinet Sir Ian Gilmour, Lord Privy Seal Lord Soames, Lord President of the Council Sir Keith Joseph, Industry Secretary Lord Carrington, Foreign Secretary and Overseas Development William Whitelaw, Home Secretary Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister Lord Hailsham, Lord Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe, Chancellor of the Exchequer Francis Pym, Defence Minister James Prior, Employment Secretary Peter Walker, Agriculture Minister

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It is 25 years since Margaret Thatcher became prime minister. Click on an individual in the image or use the drop-down menu below to find out more about the members of her first cabinet, and what has happened to them since.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister in May 1979 and went on to spend 11 years at Number 10, a record unmatched in the 20th century.

Supporters hail the effects of her commitment to privatisation and the free market, but her premiership was also marked by industrial strife, social unrest and - in the early years - high unemployment.

The "poll tax" and divisions over Europe - which came to a head with the resignation of loyal lieutenant Geoffrey Howe - proved her undoing, and she was ousted by Tory MPs in November 1990.

Failing health has limited the public appearances of the now Baroness Thatcher in recent years.

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister


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