Margaret Thatcher ‘absolutely fine’ after bladder operation

Former prime minister expected to be kept in hospital overnight on Friday after having growth removed from bladder

Former prime minister Lady Thatcher is “absolutely fine” in hospital after undergoing a minor operation, a spokeswoman says.

The 87-year-old was admitted to hospital on Thursday and is expected to be kept in overnight on Friday after having a growth removed from her bladder.

“She is absolutely fine,” the spokeswoman said of Thatcher, who has suffered some ill health in recent years.

Lady Thatcher was not well enough to join the Queen for a lunch with former and serving prime ministers as part of the Diamond Jubilee this summer.

And two years ago she missed an 85th birthday party thrown for her by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

In October she was sufficiently well, however, to mark her 87th birthday with lunch at a restaurant in London with her son Mark and his wife.

Her health was thrust into the global spotlight this year when Meryl Streep starred in a controversial Hollywood film about her.

The Iron Lady drew criticism from Mr Cameron and others for concentrating on the dementia she has suffered after a series of small strokes. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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