On this day in 1975, Margaret Thatcher took up leadership of the Conservative Party.
‘Iron Lady’ Thatcher would eventually become the UK’s first female Prime Minister in 1979, taking over from former PM Sir Edward Heath.
Baroness Thatcher would remain in power for 11 years, after which she was successfully challenged for her leadership by John Major.
Thatcher’s time in charge of the country is most commonly associated with the miner’s strikes of the 1980’s and subsequent fallout across the country; a spat that is believed to have cost 29 million working days.
On 8th April, 2013 Thatcher passed away following a stroke. She had been unwell for a number of years.