Thatcher Leaves Hospital

Former British PM said to be doing fine after precautionary stay
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 9:13 AM CST
Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, left, is seen off by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as she leaves 10 Downing Street after a private meeting, London, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Sang...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Margaret Thatcher is back home after an overnight stay in a London hospital triggered by a "fainting episode," a spokesman says. Tests showed nothing more serious than that for the former British PM, the Guardian reports. Thatcher, 82, who suffered multiple strokes in 2005, smiled and waved to reporters upon arriving home. "She will have a nice restful few days," the spokesman said.

Recently, the former Conservative Party leader has received praise from figures in both of Britain's major parties for her long public service. The current Conservative leader hailed her as a “towering figure,” while incumbent Prime Minister Gordon Brown, from the opposition Labour Party, praised her strength of conviction during a visit to Downing Street last year.