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Grantham bids for rejected Margaret Thatcher statue

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Image caption Plans to erect a statue of Baroness Thatcher in Parliament Square were rejected by Westminster Council

A statue of Margaret Thatcher designed for a square opposite the Houses of Parliament could be erected in her home town.

Officials in Lincolnshire are in talks to secure the bronze sculpture of the UK's first female prime minister.

The statue has been offered to Grantham after plans to erect it in Parliament Square were rejected.

South Kesteven council leader Matthew Lee said it was only right "a daughter of this town be honoured in this way".

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Plans to erect the statue in Westminster were turned down earlier this year amid fears of "civil disobedience and vandalism".

Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runs the Grantham Museum, and South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) are working with the Public Memorials Appeal to draft outline terms of an agreement.

Mr Lee said: "No-one can dispute she was a very divisive character... but we are honouring her as a person and her links to this town, whatever you think of her politics."

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Image caption The statue of Baroness Thatcher was designed by sculptor Douglas Jennings

The statue, by Douglas Jennings, was funded by private cash and reported to cost £300,000.

Formal proposals are set to be submitted to the council before the end of the year, allowing councillors to consider the application.

There has been a mixed reaction online to the proposals...

From small town girl to prime minister

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  • Margaret Hilda Thatcher was born on 13 October 1925 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, the daughter of Alfred Roberts, a grocer, and his wife, Beatrice
  • Her father, a Methodist lay preacher and local councillor, had an immense influence on her life and the policies she would adopt
  • She attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, but left in 1943 to start a four-year chemistry degree at the University of Oxford, then moved to Colchester to work as a research chemist
  • First stood for Parliament in the 1950 election and was elected as Conservative MP for Finchley in 1959
  • Defeated Ted Heath in Tory leadership contest in 1975
  • Became first female prime minister after Conservative election victory in 1979

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