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Thatcher, Margaret

An English political leader of the twentieth century, who became prime minister of Britain in 1979. A member of the Conservative party (Tories), Thatcher stressed private enterprise and attacked socialism and the welfare state (see also welfare state). She resigned from office in 1990.

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