Tory party conference: Margaret Thatcher voted 'greatest Tory'

Lady Thatcher, who served as prime minister between 1979 and 1990, beat Britain's wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill by 97 votes to 53 in a debate at the party conference in Birmingham.

The two beat Benjamin Disraeli, who was twice prime minister in the 19th century, and Edmund Burke, the 18th century philosopher.

The case for Lady Thatcher was made by John Whittingdale, a current Conservative MP who worked with her in Downing Street.

"She will always be remembered as the original conviction politician, someone who would not give in to blackmail or political pressure," Mr Whittingdale said.

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