Yesterday I was deeply saddened to hear the news that Margaret Thatcher was taken to hospital after breaking her arm. Lady Thatcher suffered the injury after she fell at home, but I am pleased to report that her office has said she is “recovering well”. They went on to say that “it’s a simple fracture, but bearing in mind who she is, she’s 83 and the shock to the system, the doctors decided that it would be best to keep her in over night.” Her son Sir Mark Thatcher visited her at the hospital today and he said that his mother was “relaxed” and had “a bit of mischief about her.”
It is fair to say that Lady Thatcher 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.
Her ill health has forced her to abandon her regular public speaking engagements since 2002 but she still makes public appearances.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Lady Thatcher earlier this week when she attended a celebratory meal at the Carlton Club in London to mark the 30th anniversary of her historic election victory. More than 270 guests gathered at the Carlton Club, for the biggest dinner the Club has hosted in more than two decades
Lady Thatcher was joined by her former minister Lord Wakeham, former Tory leader Michael Howard, her advertising guru Lord Saatchi and Sir Edward du Cann, who chaired the backbench 1922 Committee during her premiership.
Lady Thatcher, who was recently made President of the Carlton, was also honoured by the club’s chairman Lord Cope, who presented her with a framed portrait of the Duke of Wellington, the founder of the Carlton.
We at LUCF wish Lady Thatcher a speedy recovery and a swift return to the good health she displayed at the Carlton earlier this week.