She said Thatcher had inflicted “heinous social, economic and spiritual damage” on the UK while she was in office, commenting: “The first Prime Minister of female gender, OK. But a woman? Not on my terms.

Jackson has claimed that messages coming in from the public were ten-to-one in her favour. According to reports from her Commons staff, she has received about 900 emails. Of the first 400 they opened, they counted 372 that supported her attack on the late Prime Minister.

She added: “I was meticulous in not being personally rude. I didn’t know the woman: I did know the policies. I spoke up because history has been rewritten over the past week. I lived through the Thatcher period. I know what it was like. I know what it was like for my constituents. The reality bore no resemblance to what’s being presented.”

However, many have been unimpressed with her speech. The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Deacon said it was “As sour as old milk.” while the Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts said: “This speech was marvellously, dementedly over the top. Potty to the power of ten. Sexist, too!

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