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Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary Sir Bernard Ingham dies at age 90


Sir Bernard Ingham dies at 90

  • Sir Bernard Ingham has died with his son saying he “was a journalist to the bone”

Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s longtime press secretary, has died aged 90 after a brief illness, his family said.

His son John Ingham announced the news Friday afternoon in a social media post.

He said: ‘Sadly, my father, Sir Bernard Ingham, passed away today at the age of 90 after a short illness. My family would like to thank his nursing home, Tupwood Gate in Caterham, Surrey, and his previous carers when he lived in his home for their wonderful care and support.

He was a journalist to the bone. He started at the age of 16 at his local West Yorkshire newspaper, The Hebden Bridge Times, and was still filing weekly columns at Express Online and The Yorkshire Post until a few days before he died.

“To the rest of the world, he is known as a formidable operator in the Whitehall and political jungle. But for me he was my dad, and also a great dad.

“He was a fellow football fan and an adoring grandfather and great grandfather. My family will miss him very much.’

Sir Bernard Ingham, left, was Mrs Thatcher’s press secretary throughout her time as Prime Minister, from 1979 to 1990. Above: Sir Bernard with Mrs Thatcher and her husband Dennis in 1998

Sir Bernard (pictured at Mrs Thatcher's funeral in 2013) was hailed as a

Sir Bernard (pictured at Mrs Thatcher’s funeral in 2013) was hailed as a “journalist to the bone” by his son in a social media post.

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