PUBLISHED: 07:10 13 April 2013

I joined the Conservative Party because I was inspired by Margaret Thatcher's leadership.

She is my political hero and one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. She brought Britain back from the brink of bankruptcy, helped win the Cold War and once again assured our country a leading role in global politics.

In the European Parliament I sit beside MEPs from former Warsaw Pact countries, something we could not have dreamt about thirty years ago. Many of my friends from Poland and the Czech Republic tell me that their countries were set free from soviet domination thanks to the efforts of the Iron Lady.

I am saddened by Margaret Thatcher’s death. She was the embodiment of British determination and grit.

Ashley Fox MEP

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