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A statue of Margaret Thatcher is to be put on a 3.2 metre plinth to deter vandals

The statue is planned for her hometown of Grantham.

Plans for the statue were approved by the local council.
Plans for the statue were approved by the local council.
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MARGARET THATCHER’S HOME town cautiously backed plans to erect a statue of the late British leader — but only after putting it on a plinth tall enough to keep vandals at bay.

A bid to have a statue of the Conservative party leader stand alongside icon Winston Churchill and other leaders filling a square opposite parliament in London fizzled out last year over concerns about “potential vandalism and civil disorder”.

Thatcher’s daughter Carol also reportedly objected to the absence of her mother’s trademark handbag.

The 3.2 metres (10.5ft) tall bronze statue shows the former prime minister in the flowing robe that she wore as a member of the House of Lords.

Thatcher’s hands are folded solemnly before her — without the handbag.

The local council in Grantham in central England approved it only after agreeing to put it on an equally tall granite plinth to keep it safe from “politically motivated vandals”.

Thatcher will now hover over a central Grantham square facing the local museum.

“There remains a motivated far-left movement across the UK… who may be committed to public activism,” a report submitted to the local district council cautioned.

Some council members said the statue — reportedly gathering dust in a foundry since being rejected by London — should stay where it is.

“I understand Margaret Thatcher’s statue is currently out of sight in a secret location,” councillor Charmaine Morgan told the Grantham Journal.

The “Iron Lady” of the 1980s is still a polarising figure in Britain six years after her death at the age of 87. Her sweeping privatisation and deregulation efforts are credited with pulling Britain out of the economic doldrums.

But her resolve to break the trade unions — especially the miners — in the face of strikes and street protests made her into a hate figure for the left.

© – AFP 2019

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