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Lady Thatcher treated after fall


Lady Thatcher was elected PM in 1979

Former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher has been treated in hospital after a fall at her home.


Lady Thatcher is understood to have fractured a bone in her upper arm.


She is being kept in overnight for observation at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital but her office said it was "nothing untoward".


Britain's first woman prime minister, who is now 83, celebrated the 30th anniversary of her election victory earlier this week.


Lady Thatcher was originally reported to have been returning home after receiving treatment but her office said doctors at the hospital subsequently changed their mind and decided to keep her in overnight for observation.


"The hospital's decided, just to be sure, to keep her in for observation," her spokeswoman said.


"It's a simple fracture, but bearing in mind who she is, she's 83 and the shock to the system, it's just belt and braces. There is nothing untoward."


Lady Thatcher, who led Britain from 1979 to 1990, has become increasingly frail in recent years and has suffered a number of minor strokes. Her daughter Carol has also spoken about her struggle with dementia.


Ill health forced her to abandon her regular public speaking engagements in 2002 but she still makes public appearances.


In March last year she spent the night in hospital after feeling unwell while having dinner with friends.


But earlier this week she was at the Carlton Club in London to mark the 30th anniversary of her historic election victory.


In September 2007 Gordon Brown surprised many of his own backbenchers by inviting the peer to visit Downing Street and praising her as a "conviction politician".






One of my exe's nans did that and it led to a series of incidents, sceptecemia I think, that resulted in her dying within the week

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