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Baroness Thatcher ran for local MP in Dartford twice during the 1950s but disappointingly was unsuccessful!Avtar Sandhu MBE, has always had great admiration for Lady Thatcher. As a twenty year old he watched his father Darshan Singh Sandhu MBE, a fond supporter of the Conservative party, created a bond between the two and they became great friends!

A quote from Avtar Sandhu was "This is very sad news. I met her on one occasion in 1985 but my dad met her several times. I was about 20 years old when she came to Dartford. In our culture, it is customary to give a garland to any prominent visiting leader."He continued by saying "As she approached, my dad told me to take it out the carrier bag and he put it on her. The photographers went mad.""She was one of the best leaders in the world. We would like to celebrate her life.""She was an Iron Lady. She had a view of her own and she would let, not only cabinet members, but backbenchers know that she was a woman with her own mind."He added: "I am sure she will become the most famous prime minister over time, even possibly more famous than Churchill."

The Baroness went on and in 1984 she opened Dartford’s Thatcher Court sheltered accommodation and 7 years later visited Leigh College (now Leigh Academy)!The Iron Lady represented Thatcher's desire to be Dartford's MP! 

Current MP Gareth Johnson had this to say about the death It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Lady Thatcher. She took over as Prime Minister at a time when the country was in a desperate state and had lost confidence in itself. Yet she gave the country back its sense of pride."“She provided inspiration for many people including some who didn’t agree with her views. As the country’s first, and so far only, female Prime Minister she ran the government with an iron will and clear political convictions."“Lady Thatcher retained a strong affection for Dartford. I had the honour of meeting her several times and we chatted about her experiences in Dartford. She first got to know Denis when she was the candidate in Dartford and had missed her last train home. He kindly offered her a lift and their relationship grew from there."“There are many activists in Dartford Conservative Association who actually helped campaign for Margaret Thatcher. You will still now hear them refer to her as Margaret Roberts, as that was her name at the time."“This is a sad day for Dartford. The town has lost someone who was part of its history yet her legacy will remain for many years to come.”The leader of the Dartford Council Jeremy Kite said in his statement the following"It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Lady Thatcher. She took over as Prime Minister at a time when the country was in a desperate state and had lost confidence in itself. Yet she gave the country back its sense of pride."“She provided inspiration for many people including some who didn’t agree with her views. As the country’s first, and so far only, female Prime Minister she ran the government with an iron will and clear political convictions."“Lady Thatcher retained a strong affection for Dartford. I had the honour of meeting her several times and we chatted about her experiences in Dartford. She first got to know Denis when she was the candidate in Dartford and had missed her last train home. He kindly offered her a lift and their relationship grew from there."“There are many activists in Dartford Conservative Association who actually helped campaign for Margaret Thatcher. You will still now hear them refer to her as Margaret Roberts, as that was her name at the time."“This is a sad day for Dartford. The town has lost someone who was part of its history yet her legacy will remain for many years to come.”