Conservatives want Portsmouth road named after Thatcher

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PORTSMOUTH Conservatives want a road in the city to be named after Margaret Thatcher.

Flick Drummond, the party’s parliamentary spokeswoman for Portsmouth South, put forward the idea ahead of The Iron Lady’s funeral tomorrow at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

She said: ‘Mrs Thatcher will be remembered for many things, not least the Falklands war, in which this city played a pivotal role.

‘It would be fitting for Portsmouth to recognise her as the historically important figure she clearly was.

‘The reaction to her death just goes to show that she was not everybody’s cup of tea – but she changed this country.

‘Along with Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee, she was one of the transformational prime ministers of the 20th century and naming a road after her would be a suitable tribute.’

She said that any road chosen should be a new one that doesn’t include homes.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, Conservative group spokesman for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘Let’s not forget that Attlee was as controversial in his time, so I’d support this. Had the timing being different, the new link road into the dockyard may have been a good choice. As it is, maybe somewhere in the new developments planned for Tipner or Horsea Island.’

Baroness Thatcher, prime minister between 1979 and 1990, died on April 8 following a stroke.

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