Ed Miliband statement on Margaret Thatcher

8th April, 2013 2:03 pm

Following Margaret Thatcher’s passing, Ed Miliband has released the following statement:

“I send my deep condolences to Lady Thatcher’s family, in particular Mark and Carol Thatcher.

“She will be remembered as a unique figure. She reshaped the politics of a whole generation. She was Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. She moved the centre ground of British politics and was a huge figure on the world stage.

“The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength.

“She also defined the politics of the 1980s. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and I all grew up in a politics shaped by Lady Thatcher. We took different paths but with her as the crucial figure of that era.

“She coped with her final, difficult years with dignity and courage. Critics and supporters will remember her in her prime.”

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  • SimonD

    My god, why does Ed have to join in with the toadying. Let’s celebrate like most of the population will.

  • Amber_Star

    This really is good stuff; Ed waltzes elegantly around a minefield & hopefully he can keep this standard up, if he actually has to speak about it.

    • John Ruddy

      To be honest, he’s probably damned whatever he says. One side will accuse him of being disrepectful, while the other complains that he isnt dancing on her grave.

  • Ed’s reaction sums up Margaret Thatcher’s greatest legacy – New Labour – a leadership more afraid of the Daily Mail leader writers than of the millions who vote Labour year in and year out.

  • JoeDM

    Tony Blair said:

    “Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure. Very few leaders
    get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of
    the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And
    some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at
    least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be
    implemented by governments around the world.

    “As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always
    immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from
    opposite sides of politics.

    “Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and
    occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her
    contribution to Britain’s national life. She will be sadly missed.”

    Now that is a generous and gracious statement from a real statesman.

    • Dave Postles

      He also maintained that there were WMDs in Iraq – apparently after a week with Bush.

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  • Pee Pod

    When will Labour stand up for themselves again I wonder, instead of running scared? We need them to have proper policies and proper convictions, and be brave enough to stand by them. This Thatcher love in disgusts me to the core.

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