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Lady Margaret Tebbit

We are all saddened to hear of the death of Lady Margaret Tebbit at the age of 86.

Lady Margaret, wife of the prominent Conservative politician Norman Tebbit, sustained her spinal cord injury following the Brighton Bomb explosion in 1984 and was paralysed from the neck down. Then 50, she spent two years undergoing treatment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Although she recovered some use of her hands and arms, she used a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

After her injury, Lady Margaret said.

“I don’t completely forget, or forgive. But one has to completely look forward.”

The couple became active advocates for spinal cord injured people and Lady Margaret became a Vice President of Aspire. This year Lord Tebbit became the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Spinal Cord Injury and most recently was at our APPG meeting in November.

Our thoughts are with Lord Tebbit and his family.