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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Margaret Thatcher

Photo: © Antony Dufort 2007

Sculptor: Antony Dufort FRSS SPS (b.1948)

Founder: Bronze Age Foundry

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 24 February 2007 by Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven (1925-2013) was a Conservative politician, who entered the House of Commons in 1959 as MP for Finchley in North London. She was Secretary of State for Education and Science (1970-74) and became leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. The following year she gave a speech vehemently criticizing communism, which resulted in her nickname ‘The Iron Lady’. Thatcher became the first female prime minister in Europe when she took office in 1979 and went on to win three consecutive terms, she was the only British prime minister to do so in the 20th century. Following her resignation as prime minister in 1990 she remained an MP until 1992, when she was made a life peer and entered the House of Lords. She became a member of the Order of the Garter in 1995.

The sculpture is located in the Members’ Lobby of the House of Commons on one of four plinths, together with Attlee, Lloyd George and Churchill. It was commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art whose Chairman at the time was Tony Banks (later Baron Stratford). The purpose of the sculpture was to celebrate her election as the first female British Prime Minister. It was unveiled by Thatcher herself, who commented after the ceremony ‘I might have preferred iron but bronze will do, and it won’t rust…’.

Location: Members' Lobby, Palace of Westminster, London.