Alfred Roberts (1892-1970), grocer and father of Margaret Thatcher by Oxford DNB published on 2016-04-18T10:51:37Z Listen to the Oxford DNB's life of Alfred Roberts(1892-1970), grocer and father of Margaret Thatcher. Alongside her husband Denis, Alfred Roberts was the principal figure in the life of Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Alfred Roberts was a retailer and local politician in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where Margaret and her elder sister were brought up. Alfred and his wife were strict Wesleyan Methodists and religious observation played an important part in Margaret Roberts' childhood and early adulthood. His values of hard work, high standards, and strict integrity also shaped his daughter's character and politics. As Conservative Party leader and then prime minister Margaret Thatcher regularly celebrated the values of her father. This life of Alfred Roberts is taken from the ‘Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’. Take a look at the ODNB Website to discover more about the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.