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8 April 2013, 13:16
MPs from across Norfolk and Suffolk are paying tribute to Margaret Thatcher.
Therese Coffey MP Suffolk Coastal tweeted:
RIP Margaret Thatcher. You transformed our country for the better, putting Great back in Great Britain, & helped open the Iron Curtain #fb
And Therese Coffey spoke to Heart reporter Hannah Griffiths:
Elizabeth Truss MP South West Norfolk tweeted:
Very sad to hear news about Baroness Thatcher. A truly great Prime Minister.
And MP Liz Truss spoke to Heart's Neil Perry:
Vicky Ford MEP East of England tweeted:
Baroness Thatcher was a revered leader across much of Europe as well as the UK. RIP.
Ben Gummer MP For Ipswich:
Margaret Thatcher did more to form modern Britain than any other person. She reversed decline and gave the nation a most significant endowment: a renewed spirit of confidence, enterprise and endeavour. She is one of our very few great prime ministers.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb:
“Margaret Thatcher was a hugely significant figure who helped to shape Britain at the end of the 20th century. As Britain’s first female Prime Minister she achieved a great deal.
“While her politics divide opinion, I think we all recognise her personal commitment, her political ambition, and her lasting impact on the country. My thoughts are with her family.”
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith spoke to Heart's Hannah Griffiths:
George Freeman Mp for Mid Norfolk tweeted: "So Farewell Lady T, one of the greatest. And thank you. For showing us what conviction, courage and leadership can do in politics."
David Campbell Bannerman MEP, Conservative MEP for the East or England said:
"I am very sorry to hear of the death of Baroness Thatcher today. Baroness Thatcher was a politician who knew what she stood for - and what she stood for was the best interests of her country, Britain.
"She was a political rock, one that would not be blown about by the winds of short-termism, be led tamely by focus groups or kow tow to vested interests such as the trade unions. I respected her immensely, and admired her great political instincts and deep personal conviction.
"Whether you liked Baroness Thatcher or not, she was respected by all - even her enemies - for doing what she said she was going to do. I remember how refreshing that was after the dire failure of political consensus in the 70s.
"This sad loss of a political icon signifies the end of an era, and politics will be duller without her strength of character and forthright views.