Thatcher funeral: Wednesday 17th April

The funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died following a storke, will be held on Wednesday 17th April.

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Scottish Parliament to debate Thatcher legacy

The Scottish Parliament will debate the legacy of Baroness Thatcher on the day of her funeral.

The Green-Independent group have set aside allotted time in parliament on Wednesday to debate and are calling for all MSPs to participate.

The proposed title is 'There is still such a thing as society'.

"Margaret Thatcher has died, but the tragedy for huge numbers of people is that Thatcherism as an ideology still lives. We aim to encourage honest consideration of the legacy of Thatcherism, the core elements of which - competition and selfishness - continue to affect our society and our economy.

"There are those on both sides of the independence divide who oppose the values of Thatcherism; they will need to find ways to work together after the referendum, whatever the result."

– Green leader Patrick Harvie

"We will be contesting the timing of this motion which seems to have been designed to cause the most upset and controversy.

"The Scottish Conservatives will have no problem partaking in this debate when it arrives. But we believe the Greens should reconsider whether their own narrow-minded agenda is more important than the funeral of one of the UK's finest-ever leaders."

– Borders Conservative MSP John Lamont

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Baroness Thatcher's funeral set to cost '£10 million'

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Tributes have been left outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, which is being planned by a special Cabinet Office committee under the name ‘Operation True Blue’, will reportedly cost around £10 million.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude yesterday said MoD, the police, Number 10, Parliamentary authorities, the Thatcher family and the Conservative Party were in involved in planning the ceremony.

It will be the biggest security operation since the Olympics, according to The Sun, as fears mount that protestors could attempt to disrupt proceedings.

The Guardian says the threat of Irish republic terrorists are under the spotlight.

The Independent reports that social media and internet forums are being monitored for potential troublemakers.

Read - Margaret Thatcher's ceremonial funeral to be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday

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Barack Obama: 'America has lost a true friend'

With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.

As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.

As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.

And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.

Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

– President Barack Obama

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