|Leader of the Opposition|
February 11, 1975 - November 1978
|Preceded by:||Edward Heath|
|Succeded by:||Willie Whitelaw|
|Shadow Environment Secretary|
March 5, 1974 - February 11, 1975
June 20, 1970 - March 4, 1974
|Preceded by:||Edward Short|
|Succeded by:||Reginald Prentice|
October 13 1925, Grantham, United Kingdom
|Died||April 8 2013, London, United Kingdom|
Somerville College, Oxford
|Occupation:||Politician, Chemist, Lawyer|
Methodist (1925 - 1951)
Church of England (1951 - 2013)
Margaret Thatcher was a British Conservative politician who served as leader of the opposition (1975 - 1979).
In February 1975 she ousted Edward Heath as leader of the conservative party. As leader she moved party policy sharply to the economic right, endorsing the views of Hayek, Friedman and the Chicago school of free market economics.
Following the electoral defeat she stayed on as leader but was challenged in November 1978 by Michael Heseltine. Thatcher lost the first ballot by a single vote, and declined to contest the second ballot.