Following the announcement of the death of Margaret Thatcher from a stroke, at the age of 87, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP (EFD, UKIP) issued the following statement:
“I have always said that Mrs Thatcher was a great inspiration to me personally. Whether you loved her or hated her nobody could deny that she was a great patriot, who believed passionately in this country and her people.
“A towering figure in recent British and political history has passed from the stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Mr Farage, who was visiting Grantham yesterday (april 9th) to sign the book of remembrance, said that the party would leave to its branches the decision on whether to suspend campaigning for the local elections.
“One of my abiding memories of Mrs Thatcher is that on the morning after the Brighton bombing, she was on the Party Conference platform at 9.00 o’clock, ready to carry on.
“In recent years she made clear that she believed that we should leave the European Union, so I think it is appropriate we should carry on working. Individual UKIP branches can make their own minds up, and some have decided to suspend campaigning for a period.”