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How is the man who recently announced the launch of a $10bn Islamic bank linked to the UK’s only female prime minister?

April 22, 2009 5:08 by

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher served as the UK’s first – and so-far only – female Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She went to Oxford University and then became a research chemist, retraining to become a barrister in 1954.

Thatcher became a Conservative MP for Finchley in north London in 1959, and in 1970, she was appointed Minister of Education. During that time, she was given the title “Thatcher the Milk Snatcher” because she took away free milk for school children in an attempt to cut budgets.

During her third term in the office as Prime Minister, some controversial policies, including the poll tax and her refusal of closer integration with Europe led to divisions within the Conservative Party, and in November 1990, she agreed to resign. She became a member of the House of Lords in 1992 as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.


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