Thatcher remains stable in hospital

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher remained in a stable condition overnight in St Thomas’ Hospital, in central London, the hospital said today.

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher remained in a stable condition overnight in St Thomas’ Hospital, in central London, the hospital said today.

The 82-year-old former prime minister was admitted to the hospital last night and was said to be undergoing medical checks.

This morning a spokeswoman for the hospital said: “Baroness Thatcher has remained stable overnight and we have nothing further to add at this stage.”

It was reported that Thatcher was taken to hospital by car.

Two red Metropolitan Police cars were this morning parked just outside the main entrance of St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth Palace Road.

It was not clear whether this or any other extra security was in place for Lady Thatcher.

Thatcher very rarely speaks in public, following advice from her doctors, but she does still sometimes say a few words at private functions.

Friends say she is lucid most of the time but occasionally drifts off in the middle of conversations because of difficulties with her short-term memory.

Earlier this month she urged Conservatives to “hold firm to their beliefs” as she was honoured with a statue at the party’s HQ.

On her first visit to Conservative Central Office since the party moved to 30 Millbank in Westminster last year, Thatcher met staff and unveiled the statue in the reception area.

In a statement she said: “The Conservative Party has always been at its best, and at its most successful, when it has held firm to its beliefs.”

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister from May 1979 until her resignation in November 1990. She was Britain’s first woman prime minister and the first leader to win three elections in a row.

Her supporters believe she put the drive back into the British people and while many saw her as a divisive force, history will almost certainly proclaim her as one of the greatest British peacetime leaders.

In December 2005 she was given a clear bill of health by doctors after spending a night in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London for tests after feeling faint.

A hospital spokesman described her as a “model patient”.

In March 2002 it was announced that she would cut back her workload after doctors said she had suffered a series of strokes.

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