Tributes paid to Margaret Thatcher

Bridlington MP Greg Knight was proud to have known Margaret Thatcher.
Bridlington MP Greg Knight was proud to have known Margaret Thatcher.

Bridlington’s MP Greg Knight and ward councillors have paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday morning after suffering a stroke.

Baroness Thatcher became Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979 and served an unrivalled three consecutive terms in office.

Mr Knight said he was proud to have known Baroness Thatcher whom he has described as a political giant. “Whatever your view of her policies Margaret Thatcher was a giant in politics not just in the UK but on the world stage,” Mr Knight said.

“Her belief that nothing was impossible enabled Britain under her leadership to achieve the near impossible. I believe history will rank her amongst the greatest world leaders of all time.

“She was also unusual in that in some respects she was a missionary in politics. That is a very high risk position because people do not generally want to be converted from the views they hold.

“They just want to hear their own views expressed by politicians but Lady Thatcher would go all out to achieve what she thought was right for Britain, whatever the short-term political cost.

“I am proud to have both known her and served in her government. My thoughts now are with her family.”

Bridlington North Councillor Richard Harrap said: “Although people will have hugely differing opinions of her achievements, Margaret Thatcher holds a place in British and World History as the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and as the first woman to hold the office.

“Her determination and resolve is aptly summed up in the often-quoted words ‘The lady’s not for turning’ and she would not be deflected from any course of action that she truly believed was best for the country.”