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

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

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.