Peter Tatchell Tweets His Condolences For ‘Extraordinary’ Thatcher.

The gay human rights activist and campaigner Peter Tatchell has called the late Baroness Thatcher, ‘extraordinary’ in a tweet which he posted to his 32,000 followers.

Taking to Twitter Mr Tatchell wrote:

‘Margaret Thatcher: I commiserate, as with the death of any person. But she showed no empathy for the victims of her harsh, ruthless policies

‘…an extraordinary woman but mostly for the wrong reasons. Emasculated local government & civil liberties. Section 28.’

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, stated that local authorities in the United Kingdom: “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”

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The Act was enacted on May 24th 1988 during Thatcher’s leadership.

Section 28 was eventually repealed in 2001.

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In spite of the controversy surrounding Section 28, Baroness Thatcher supported legalising homosexuality In the 1960s and in 1967 voted in favour of the decriminalising of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Baroness Thatcher died “peacefully” today (8th April) at the age of 87, following a stroke according to her family.

Lady Thatcher was the Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She made history as she was the first and – so far, only female to hold this position.

She had suffered poor health for a number of years and her husband Denis died in 2003.

In 2011 a biography film of her life was released starring Meryl Streep, grossing $114m worldwide.