Margaret Thatcher ‘absolutely fine’ after operation

PUBLISHED: 11:09 22 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:28 22 December 2012

Margaret Thatcher may be spending Christmas in hospital. File picture: PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher may be spending Christmas in hospital. File picture: PA Wire

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Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher - who twice unsuccessfully stood as MP in Dartford - may well be spending Christmas in hospital after undergoing an operation on Thursday.

A spokesman for the 87-year-old, who attempted to become Dartford MP in the 1950s at the start of her political career, said she was “absolutely fine” after having a growth removed from her bladder.

PR guru Lord Bell who was a close adviser to Baroness Thatcher, said she was expected to need several days of recuperation.

It could well mean she will spend the festive period in hospital, where she has been joined by her daughter Carol. Her son is believed to be on holiday overseas.

Lord Bell said the former politician had been in some pain earlier in the week and was sent by her doctor to hospital where it was decided the operation was required.

It was a short procedure using what was described as “minimally invasive surgery”, he said. “She’s fine.”

Lord Bell told the BBC: “The operation was a complete success and her condition is satisfactory. She’ll stay in hospital for a few more days and then she’ll go home.

“She’s very tough. The doctors are perfectly happy. They say the operation has been completely satisfactory.”

Lady Thatcher has a strong bond with Dartford. She twice unsuccessfully stood as MP here in the 1950s as Margaret Roberts but it is also where she met her future husband businessman Denis Thatcher.

In 1984 she opened Dartford’s Thatcher Court sheltered accommodation and visited Leigh College (now Leigh Academy) in 1991.

Her health was thrust into the spotlight this year when Meryl Streep starred in a controversial Hollywood film about her.

The Iron Lady drew criticism from Mr Cameron and others for concentrating on the dementia she has suffered after a series of small strokes. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for the role.

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