Ex-British PM Thatcher to stay in hospital: spokesman

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Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is expected to remain in hospital for "some days" after being admitted a week ago with flu, her spokesman said Tuesday.

Thatcher -- who is 85 and has suffered a series of minor strokes and has dementia -- was said Saturday to be "a lot brighter" and facing a few more days in hospital.

But her spokesman said Tuesday that, although she was "fine", it would "probably be some days yet" before she could return home.

Thatcher, who held power from 1979 to 1990, was admitted to a hospital in west London one week ago for tests.

She was forced to miss a planned 85th birthday party at Downing Street on October 14 because of her illness.

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

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