Margaret Thatcher's funeral

The funeral of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, is taking place at St Paul's Cathedral today.

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Dumfriesshire MP pays last respects to Thatcher

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP, David Mundell, has paid his last respects to Margaret Thatcher at her funeral today.

He attended the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral alongside her friends, family, colleagues and international dignitaries.

Mr Mundell expressed his thanks to Baroness Thatcher for the support she offered to Sir Hector Munro following the Lockerbie Air Disaster, and for the support she offered to the locals during her visit to the town in the aftermath of the bombing.

“It is an honour to have attended Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and pay my respects on behalf of my constituents and conservative across Scotland.

"It is fitting to mark this moment in our nation’s history, and whilst it is a sad day for the political community it is also one to reflect of the importance of conviction, choice and freedom in our democracy.

“This is not the time to debate her individual policies but to recognise and pay tribute to her long and dutiful public service and love of this country.

"I will always remember her kindness and generosity towards new Members of Parliament when I was first elected to Westminster in 2005.

"Locally, I am always grateful for the help and friendship she offered my predecessor Sir Hector Monro following the Lockerbie Air Disaster and the concern and support she showed residents when she visited the town.

"The service gives everyone present the opportunity to share in those memories and her achievements.”

– David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives


Scotland marks Thatcher funeral

Flags fly half mast outside Holyrood to mark Margaret Thatcher's funeral Credit: ITV News Border

The flags outside the Scottish Parliament building are flying at half mast this morning to mark the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is in Westminster to attend the ceremony.

The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, will also be among more than 2,000 guests at St Paul's Cathedral.

A debate on Margaret Thatcher's legacy which was due to be held at Holyrood today, was rescheduled for tomorrow after the Scottish Conservatives branded the timing "provocative and insensitive".

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The Queen will 'pay her respects' with 2,000 people

The Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told Daybreak that the Queen "can't win either way" whether she decided to go to Margaret Thatcher's funeral or not.

Dickie Arbiter, The Queen's former press secretary Credit: PA/PA Archive

He said: She's criticised because she's going, in some quarters and she would have been highly criticised if she hadn't have gone.

"She's going because she wants to go because she wants to pay respects to somebody who was a Prime Minister for 11 years, some pretty turbulent years, we remember the Falklands war, we remember the industrial unrest, but we came out of it all.

"She's going there along with 2,000 other people to pay her respects."

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