LEADING Conservatives in the Ribble Valley this week paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday after a stroke.
Nigel Evans, Ribble Valley’s MP since 1992 and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “I was incredibly saddened by the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and to her children in particular. I would like to pay tribute to the legacy that she leaves behind. Margaret Thatcher was a political colossus and a force of nature. She led our country through extremely difficult times and her premiership can still be felt in the UK today.
“As the first female prime minister she represents a landmark in British politics. I was privileged to meet her on a number of occasions and her appetite for politics never ceased to amaze me. She will be sorely missed.”
Ribble Valley Councillor and former West Lancs MP Mr Kenneth Hind described her as “a very great prime minister, a giant in political terms in her era, the Iron Lady, a politician with a strong vision of how she wanted to see Britain.
“To the Conservatives she was not just as a winner of three elections but a strong inspirational leader at a turning point in the development of Britain. She will be remembered with real affection and respect.
“For those of us who served under Margaret Thatcher it was a great privilege to be led by such a giant of British politics. She has left her mark and can say ‘In the lives of the British people I made a difference’.”