Council leader: ‘Margaret Thatcher will never be equalled’

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The leader of Boston Borough Council has paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died today aged 87.

Conservative council leader Peter Bedford said the Grantham-born politician’s death is ‘very, very sad’ and praised her record as a prominent public figure.

Coun Bedford said: “As far as her life as a politician is concerned, I don’t think she will ever be equalled.

“She had the dogged determination that once she set her mind on the way forward she was not deterred away from that - even though there were hard decisions to take.

“Lincolnshire should be very proud of her.”

Coun Bedford said that he never met Lady Thatcher himself but that she was a great inspiration – and used her famous ‘not for turning’ line to see off the opposition in his first meeting as county council chairman.

He added: “She didn’t mess around. She didn’t say two words when one would do.”

The leader said that the council will write to Lady Thatcher’s family to offer its commiserations and that the borough will lower its flag to half mast in respect.

*MP Mark Simmonds also took to social networking website Twitter to say: “Very sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher’s passing today. Privileged to have known Britain’s first female leader. A Great British PM.”