Essay on Margaret Thatcher's Climb to Power of Prime Minister

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Margaret Thatcher as Margaret Hilda Roberts was born October 13, 1925 in Grantham, England to Alfred Roberts, a grocer, preacher, and local mayor, and Beatrice Ethel. She, along with her younger sister, Muriel, spent most of their childhood in Grantham, helping with their father’s grocery business. Margaret’s father was active in local politics and brought up Margaret and Muriel as strict Methodists. He became Mayor of Grantham in 1945, but lost his position as alderman in 1952, when the Labor Party came into power. Margaret won a scholarship to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, where she was head girl for the academic year 1942-1943. Her school reports showed academic consistency and brilliance in many extracurricular activities. In…show more content…
In 1970, Margaret Thatcher, as the Minister for Education, encouraged an increase in the education budget and the creation of more schools. However, her tryst with infamy began when she earned the title ‘Thatcher, the Milk Snatcher’ when she abolished a scheme providing free milk to primary school children during school hours. Margaret attracted a lot of negative publicity for her impetuous actions. Due to frustration with then Prime Minister Edward Heath and his contrasting ideas, she ironically announced, “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime” in 1973. On October 12, 1984 the Irish Republican Army planted a bomb in the hotel Thatcher was staying at in an attempt to assassinate her. In 1974, the Conservative Party lost their power and Margaret soon became a dominant extortion in her political field. She was elected as leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, victoriously beating Edward Heath and became the first woman to serve as the opposition leader in the House of Commons, succeeding 130 votes against 119. Thatcher was finally appointed as the Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, defeating the opposition party which was unpopular and separated. In 1979, Britain’s economy was in a critical financial crisis and Thatcher’s first term in office saw her adopting a new economic approach known as ‘Monetarism’.During this

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