Margaret Thatcher ‘in good spirits’ after minor operation

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BARONESS Thatcher was said to be “in good spirits” last night as she recovered from minor surgery, but was expected to celebrate Christmas in hospital.

The 87-year-old former prime minister was operated on two days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week.

A spokesman said: “Given her age, I don’t think she will be coming out for a few days.”

Lady Thatcher’s public appearances have been very restricted over recent years due to continued ill health.

She was unable to join the Queen for a Diamond Jubilee lunch with former and serving prime ministers this summer. In October she was sufficiently well, however, to mark her 87th birthday with lunch at a restaurant in London’s exclusive St James’s district with her son, Mark, and his wife.