POLITICS

Margaret Thatcher Death Anniversary One Year On

08/04/2014 07:03 BST | Updated 08/04/2014 07:59 BST

Tuesday marks a year to the day since the death of one of the most controversial and divisive figures in British politics - Margaret Thatcher.

The former Conservative prime minister passed away at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke in the Ritz Hotel suite she had lived in since December 2012.

Reaction to her death was polarised with some lauding her as a archetypal Tory leader while others revelled at the passing of someone who oversaw the dismantling of Britain's core industry's.

Her funeral was attended by her political protégées with Chancellor George Osborne publicly shedding a tear.

Osborne's Thatcher Tear

Meanwhile, in mining towns, parts of the country still left bereft of the mining industry, some burned effigies and openly celebrated her death.

Osborne's Thatcher Tear

Since then we have learned further details about her time as Prime Minister.

Archive documents released in the last year give an insight into prank tapes, her role in Nelson Mandela's release, her remarkably positive view (in hindsight) of Jimmy Savile and even how she achieved her trademark haircut and her uneasy relationship with feminism.

And also, as a polar example of how a political figure has been treated in death we had the funeral of Tony Benn, who was given the same honour as Thatcher when his body was allowed to rest in Westminster chapel on the night before his funeral.