Former British PM Thatcher 'chirpy' in hospital

20th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher had a good night in hospital, was "chirpy" and discussing Britain's huge programme of spending cuts after being admitted with flu, her son said on Wednesday.

"She's good, chirpy, talking about the CSR," Mark Thatcher said, referring to the comprehensive spending review that saw ministers slashing billions of pounds from the public budget on Wednesday.

The 85-year-old was admitted to the Cromwell Hospital in London for tests on Tuesday after struggling to recover from a bout of flu.

A spokesman for the ex-premier said late Wednesday she was expected to stay in hospital into next week.

Her son added: "She's a little bit drowsy but she had a good night and is slightly sedated at the moment."

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said he wished Thatcher, who was Britain's Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990, a "speedy recovery".

Thatcher was forced to withdraw from celebrations at Downing Street marking her 85th birthday last week, after coming down with the bug.

Cameron has promised that another celebration would be held when she recovered.

Known as the "Iron Lady", Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the only woman to serve as premier.

Her premiership polarised opinion. Right-wingers hailed her for hauling the country out of the stagnation of the 1970s, but she was loathed by the left for dismantling traditional industry.

© 2010 AFP

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