East Ham MP Stephen Timms: “Thatcher defined an era”

Former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA

Former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour MP for East Ham Stephen Timms said former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher “defined an era” after she died aged 87 this morning following a stroke.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms

East Ham MP Stephen Timms - Credit: Archant

In a statement, Mr Timms, currently shadow employment minister, said: “Margaret Thatcher was a remarkable politician who defined an era.

“It was a difficult era for our part of London, as industrial jobs were lost and unemployment rocketed.

“With other Labour party members, I collected money on High Street North to support the miners during their strike.

“In the redevelopment of Docklands, she also put in place new jobs, to help replace the old ones.

“Unfortunately, the financial crisis showed some of the new jobs were less secure than everyone had hoped.”

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