08 April 2013
Statement on the death of Margaret Thatcher
From the President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Mark Wakelin:
"Margaret Thatcher was a hugely significant, complex and yet divisive figure in post-war British politics. She achieved a major breakthrough as Britain's first woman Prime Minister, and her time in office fundamentally changed the nature of British society, especially the relationship between individuals and the state. For many people she was a courageous and committed leader, and one of the best known British politicians around the world - her roots in a personally responsible Methodist tradition were greatly admired by many. Perhaps one of her greater achievements was to change the post-war political consensus, forcing her political rivals to campaign far more on her terms."