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Bexley MPs pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher

PUBLISHED: 13:47 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 08 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher with current Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire (right)

Margaret Thatcher with current Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire (right)

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Bexley's Conservative MP's paid tribute to former Primer Minister Margaret Thatcher, who has died aged 87.

Margaret Thatcher with David EvennettMargaret Thatcher with David Evennett

Baroness Thatcher first stood as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Dartford constituency twice in the 1950s.

Although she lost both times, it is said she retained strong links to the area. She died from a stroke this morning.

Erith was part of the constituency at the time and when current Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett was elected as MP in the now-defunct Erith and Crayford constituency, Baroness Thatcher was always asking him about it.

He said: “I was very sad to learn of the death of Margaret Thatcher and my condolences go out to her family at this time.

“I believe that she was the greatest Prime Minister of my lifetime and it was a real privilege to work closely with her when I was elected in 1983 until she resigned in 1990.

“She of course started her political career in the Dartford constituency, which at the time included Erith, where she met Denis. She always asked me about the town and kept a keen interest in the area.”

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire added that she was an “inspiration and would be sorely missed.”

He said: “She was unique and will be recognised in history as one of the great reforming leaders.

“It’s fair to say she was unpopular in parts of the country but made changes that had to be made. History will judge her fairly.”

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