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RIP Margaret, My Hero - You Changed This Country and the Lives of Millions for the Better, Mine Included

08/04/2013 14:50 BST | Updated 08/06/2013 10:12 BST

RIP Margaret, my hero.

You changed this country and the lives of millions for the better, mine included.

A grocer's daughter. Grammar School. Oxford. Downing Street.

What a sad day. She inspired me as a 16-year-old to get involved in politics and campaign for her.

I was girl from social housing. My father was a co-op coal worker and my mother a cleaner. My education was ditched because my former grammar school turned into a bog-standard comprehensive. However, she inspired me and my generation. Girls could aspire and achieve, despite lowly backgrounds. She made it possible.

We have lost a great prime minister, a great leader, a great Conservative, a great Briton.

She saved our country. We were the basket case of Europe, the world. Her legacy is that she served us well and is the greatest post-war prime minister. She transformed our country. We mourn you. Thank you.