Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths has issued the following statement in response to the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

Thatcher governments inflicted enormous damage on the fabric of British society. Many working class communities were torn apart by mass unemployment, poverty, drugs and alcohol abuse as the result of Tory policies.

She and her regime waged war against organised labour at home, privatised valuable utilities, locked Britain into the European Union and revived the readiness to engage in imperialist wars abroad.

Margaret Thatcher was an "enemy within" who faithfully represented the interests of financial big business. She leaves a challenge to the labour movement to rebuild productive industry, restore social justice and regain trade union and other democratic rights.