Former British PM Maggie Thatcher hospitalised

March 8th, 2008 - 8:50 am ICT by admin  

London, March 8 (DPA) Former British prime minister Maggie Thatcher was taken to hospital for tests in London, a spokeswoman for her Conservative Party confirmed early Saturday. The 82-year-old former British leader was driven from her home to St. Thomas Hospital in the centre of the British capital, the spokeswoman told Britain’s Press Association.

There was no report on her condition.

Known as Britain’s “Iron Lady” during her time as prime minister from 1979 to 1990, Lady Thatcher suffered a series of strokes and her doctors forbade her in recent years to make any public speeches.

The death of her husband and loyal companion, Denis, came as a severe blow for Thatcher in 2003. She suffered another blow when her son Mark was sentenced by a South African court in 2005 for involvement in an arms running scandal and planned coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea.

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