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Former British PM Thatcher in 'good spirits' in hospital

Published on Dec 24, 2012 6:00 AM
In this file picture taken on June 8, 2010 former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher listens during her meeting with current British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured), inside 10 Downing Street in London . British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is recovering in hospital on Dec 21, 2012 following an operation to remove a growth in her bladder, her spokeswoman said. The 87-year-old, Britain's only female premier, is doing "absolutely fine" in hospital, having undergone a minor operation, the spokeswoman said. -- PHOTO : AFP 

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was "in good spirits" in hospital on Sunday, her spokesman said, as she continues her recovery from a bladder operation.

Thatcher, 87, was admitted to hospital on Thursday for a minor operation to remove a growth in her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week. She is likely to remain in hospital over Christmas.

"I understand she is in good spirits," a spokesman said. "Given her age, I don't think she will be coming out for a few days." The former Conservative Party leader was Britain's prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She remains Britain's only female premier.

Earlier Sunday, public relations executive Lord Tim Bell, who advised the "Iron Lady" for her three general election victories, said Thatcher was doing "fine". "She is (at the hospital) at the moment and she's fine," he told AFP.

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