says Mrs Thatcher shouldn't make gutsiest women list

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has denied Margaret Thatcher deserves a place on her list of history's 'gutsiest women' as her lucrative UK book tour took yet another controversial twist.

The Democrat defeated by Donald in 2016 questioned Mrs Thatcher's legacy in a media blitz yesterday promoting: 'The Book Of Gutsy Women', which she co-wrote with her daughter Chelsea. 

During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday, host Emma Barnett said it was 'quite striking' that Britain's first female Prime Minister - the working class daughter of a Grantham grocer - wasn't listed.

Ms Barnett said she thought the former Tory leader, who died in 2013 aged 87, fitted the description of a 'gutsy women, even if you didn't like her.' 

Hillary, who had wanted to be America's first female political leader 27 years after Mrs Thatcher swept to power, responded: 'She doesn't fit the other part of the definition in our opinion, which really is knocking down other barriers for others and trying to make a positive difference'.  

Hillary Clinton has denied that Margaret Thatcher deserves a place on her list of history's gutsiest women

Hillary Clinton has denied that Margaret Thatcher deserves a place on her list of history's gutsiest women

(left) has denied that Margaret Thatcher (right in 1991) deserves a place on her list of history's gutsiest women because she didn't see 'positive' changes she had effected for women in Britain

She praised Thatcher as 'strong' and 'clever' but said she didn't see 'positive' changes she had effected for women in the country.

Chelsea Clinton added: 'I do think, for us, you can't separate out gutsiness from leading a life that is full of purpose for yourself, and also for others.'   

Emma Barnett said she thought the late Tory leader fitted the description of a 'gutsy women, even if you didn't like her.'

Emma Barnett said she thought the late Tory leader fitted the description of a 'gutsy women, even if you didn't like her.'

During her series of interviews yesterday Hillary also slammed the 'shameful' delay in releasing a report probing Russian interference in British politics - but has been accused of interfering herself during a UK media blitz promoting her book today.

The former presidential candidate said she believes 'every person who votes' in the UK should see the document before Britain goes to the polls on December 12.

She said: 'I'm dumbfounded that this Government won't release the report about Russian influence. Because every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens'.

The former presidential candidate spoke out while promoting her new book 'Gutsy Women' with her daughter Chelsea in a series of interviews across the BBC and ITV.

But some critics have questioned the timing of her own intervention ahead of a UK general election and accused her of trying to help Labour.

Tory MP Michael Fabricant said: 'If Jeremy Corbyn thinks that 's announcements on the radio will be helpful, he is deluded as David Cameron when he thought that President Obama's intervention during the EU Referendum would help the Remain cause.

'As much as I love the US, neither Clinton's nor her arch rival's - 's - comments endear themselves to the British voting public. Quite the opposite.'

Nigel Farage told MailOnline that 's decision to promote her book as Britain's approaches the most important election for decades is 'typical of her'.

He added: 'The Russia conspiracy never dies with Hillary. She even said I was funded by them'.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton with the BBC's Emma Barnett during the media blitz in Britain

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton with the BBC's Emma Barnett during the media blitz in Britain

Hillary Clinton is promoting her new book in the UK but used the chance to slam the 'shameful' delay in release of report probing Russian interference in British politics in BBC interviews

is promoting her new book in the UK but used the chance to slam the 'shameful' delay in release of report probing Russian interference in British politics in BBC interviews

Chelsea Clinton (left) and Hillary Clinton are in London promoting their book 'Gutsy Women', which they co-wrote together. Mrs Clinton says the 'gutsiest thing she did' was stay with husband Bill after he cheated on her

Chelsea Clinton (left) and are in London promoting their book 'Gutsy Women', which they co-wrote together. Mrs Clinton says the 'gutsiest thing she did' was stay with husband Bill after he cheated on her

Hillary Clinton waves outside the BBC yesterday where she spoke to Radio 4 and 5Live and also appeared on BBC Breakfast in pre-recorded interviews

waves outside the BBC yesterday where she spoke to Radio 4 and 5Live and also appeared on BBC Breakfast in pre-recorded interviews

The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) was sent to the Prime Minister for approval on October 17 - but it has been held up. 

Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, Mrs Clinton said the delay was disgraceful given the upcoming election, referencing the proven Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

'That should be an absolute condition. There is no doubt - we know it in our country, we have seen it in Europe, we have seen it here [Britain], that Russia in particular is determined to try to shape the politics of Western democracies, not to our benefit, but to theirs.

'People deserve to know what is in that report. We had a somewhat similar problem in 2016.'

The BBC has been accused of 'rolling out the red carpet' for Mrs Clinton who herself has been accused of 'interfering' in British politics during the general election campaign.  

Although there has been no indication of the precise contents of the report on Russia, it will assess the threat posed by Moscow to Britain's democratic processes following an 18-month inquiry into illicit Russian activities in Britain.

The Sunday Times previously claimed nine Russian business people who have donated money to the Conservative Party were named in the dossier.

BBC listeners and viewers expressed disquiet about Hillary's own decision to speak out during the crunch general election campaign

BBC listeners and viewers expressed disquiet about Hillary's own decision to speak out during the crunch general election campaign

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve, who has seen the report, has stressed its publication is essential ahead of the General Election, as it contains information 'germane' to voters.

What is the row over the Russia report? 

Parliament's cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the electoral system.

Chairman Dominic Grieve says a report was sent to the Prime Minister for approval on October 17 - but will not be published before December 12 amid claims it is being 'sat on'. 

Ministers have said the apparent delay is just down to normal processes being followed.

So-called 'purdah' rules mean governments are not allowed to publish anything controversial in the run-up to an election. 

Although there has been no indication of the precise contents of the report on Russia, it will assess the threat posed by Moscow to Britain's democratic system.

The Sunday Times previously claimed nine Russian business people who have donated money to the Conservative Party were named in the dossier. 

A report into Russian interference in the US presidential election in 2016 found illegal interference from Moscow occurred in a 'sweeping and systemic ', according to special counsel Robert Mueller.

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