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Iron Lady statue could be heading for Craylands
THE Iron Lady may have found herself a new home...on Basildon’s Craylands estate.
The estate has already been visited by one Prime Minister, Labour’s Tony Blair in 2003.
But now Britain’s first ever female premier Margaret Thatcher is also heading to the estate in the shape of a statue.
The £150,000 marble statue of Baroness Thatcher was unveiled by the former Tory Prime Minister in 2002. It was decapitatated that same year by a protester armed with a cricket bat but later restored.
Recently the statue had been offered to Grantham in Lincolnshire - where the Tory heavyweight was born .
However the suggestion was viewed as a “dubious honour” by some of the locals there whilst Grantham’s Mayor suggested Mrs Thatcher’s hometown would have nowhere to house the 8ft tall statue.
But the Iron Lady’s devotees on Basildon Council have stepped into the ring to offer a new home for the statue.
Malcolm Buckley, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said the marble sculpture could be housed on Basildon’s Craylands estate, currently undergoing a £250million revamp.