THE former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990, has died peacefully today (Monday) after suffering a stroke.
Baroness Thatcher, who was the country’s only female prime minister, will perhaps be remembered by many people in the Hucknall area for her government’s part in closing the mines.
The bitter dispute began after a decision to close Cortonwood pit in South Yorkshire led to Arthur Scargill’s NUM waging a campaign against the programme of pit closures.
The strike divided mining communities across the Dispatch district, with some miners from Hucknall, Linby, Newstead taking part in it.
But most stayed at work and formed part of a rival union, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM).
They were branded ‘scabs’ and they said that Scargill had no right to bring his members out on strike without a mandate from a national ballot.
Speaking after soon the announcement of Baroness Thatcher’s death, Conservative MP Mark Spencer, who represents Sherwood, said: “Whatever people may have thought of her, Mrs Thatcher was a very important Prime Minister who came into power when the country was in turmoil and turned it around.
“She had real steel at her core and I think people will look back and recognise her as one of the great leaders up there with Churchill and Robert Peel.”
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