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Bexley and Bromley union leaders criticise Margaret Thatcher legacy

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 April 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA

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Trade union leaders in south-east London have called for perspective following the death of Margaret Thatcher, criticising her record as Prime Minister.

Lynne Chamberlain, secretary of Greenwich and Bexley Trade Council, said Britain’s first female Prime Minister should be judged on her record, which decimated trade unions and alienated large sections of society.

She said: “She was a cruel ruler and she killed off communities. She did a great job for her own class but policies like poll tax and privatisation of industries crippled the majority, the working classes.

“She privatised everything and glorified war. She has blood on her hands and this is something that needs to be taken into account.

“I come from a small mining community in Wales so I know first hand the damage she can cause.”

Steve Leggett, secretary of the Bromley branch, added that while any death is sad her legacy needs to be considered.

He said: “The passing of anyone is sad, especially for the friends and family, but we should remember Margaret Thatcher’s legacy based on what she did as Prime Minister. We’re still fighting against it, with tax cuts to the highest earners and austerity measures affecting the lower-earners.

“The NHS in south-east London is basically being privatised and that policy started during Thatcher’s premiership. That’s what she should be remembered for.”

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