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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair briefly diverted from his planned speech to an audience at Lafayette College in ...
Pennsylvania to say a few words on the death of his political colleague, Margaret Thatcher. (April 8)
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SHOTLIST:SOURCE - RESTRICTION or COURTESY: AP Television - AP Clients OnlyLocation - Date: EASTON, Pennsylvania - April 81.SOUNDBITe: Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister:I don't think that there is anyone who better expresses, the sense of the life of promoting liberty than Margaret Thatcher, whether you agree with her or disagree with her; and I had plenty of times when I disagreed with her, she was a remarkable and towering figure. She was the first woman Prime Minister of Britain. But although that in itself is a great accomplishment. I think it says a lot about her that it is not the accomplishment for which she will be known in history, because above all she was a very substantial and great leader. She pursued a course based on conviction. She was undaunted in the way that she pursued it and she was determined to pursue it until the end. So, agree with her or disagree with her. She was a great leader. She believed also profoundly in the relationship between Britain and the United States of America, and I think she will be sadly missed on both sides of the atlantic."STORYLINE:Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair briefly diverted from his planned speech to an audience at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania to say a few words on the death of his political colleague, Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher."She was the first woman Prime Minister of Britain," said Blair. "But although that in itself is a great accomplishment, I think it says a lot about her that it is not the accomplishment for which she will be known in history, because above all she was a very substantial and great leader. She pursued a course based on conviction."Blair's appearance at the school is part of a lecture series entitled, "Lives of Liberty."