A press divided: how the front pages covered the death of Thatcher

Britain's press split down political and regional lines as they rushed to put together their front pages reporting the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

  • City AM

    City AM

  • Daily Mail

    Daily Mail

  • Daily Record

    Daily Record

  • London Evening Standard

    London Evening Standard

  • Daily Express

    Daily Express

  • Financial Times

    Financial Times

  • The Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror

  • The Times

    The Times

  • The Guardian

    The Guardian

  • The i

    The i

  • International Herald Tribune

    International Herald Tribune

  • The Independent

    The Independent

  • The Metro

    The Metro

  • The Morning Star

    The Morning Star

  • The Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph

  • The Northern Echo

    The Northern Echo

  • The New York Times

    The New York Times

  • The Sun

    The Sun

  • Socialist Worker

    Socialist Worker

  • The Scotsman

    The Scotsman

  • The Daily Star

    The Daily Star

  • Times Special edition

    Times Special edition

  • Western Mail

    Western Mail

  • The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal

  • The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal


The Daily Mail made its feelings for the three-time election-winning prime minister very clear in its front page that reads, "'The woman who saved Britain". It is a front page, like the politician herself, which is likely to spark debate.

The Sun, uncharacteristically, steered away from grand statements and eulogies on its front page and reported the facts, detailing how the former Premier, who defeated the miners, retook the Falklands, but fell to the poll tax, died of a stroke at 11:28 am at the Ritz hotel.

The Daily Mirror, with an iron-faced picture of Thatcher, reflected the feelings of many with its "The Woman who divided a nation". It also asked if she should be given a ceremonial funeral like Princess Diana.

The Northern Echo also had an elegant summation of the impact that the Conservative Party leader had on Britain with its cover line, "Loved, hated, never forgotten".

Scotland's Daily Record, a left-of-centre stable mate of the Daily Mirror, put it this way, "Scotland will never forget – gone but not forgiven".

In Wales, there was an echo of the battle that Thatcher fought with the National Union of Mineworkers in the 1980s, as it wrote, "She was known globally as the Iron Lady, but the word that defines her legacy in Wales is coal".

The FT and City AM spoke for the City and the impact she had on London's financial centre, with the ignition of the "big bang" that helped keep the nation at the centre of the world's financial markets.

On the far reaches of the left the Communist Party Morning Star had no doubts: "The woman who tore Britain apart".

Crass and beyond the pale, the Socialist Worker, the paper of the tiny Trotskyist Social Workers Party, wrote, "Rejoice".

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