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New selection process for Conservative candidates in the Borders

The Conservative Party is changing the way it selects Westminster parliamentary candidates in a key Borders seat.

Anyone living in the** **Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency can apply to vote in the selection process.

The Tories say the open primary system will give electors more of a say in choosing their MP.

Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives told ITV Border how the process would work:

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MPs get reimbursed for travel for Thatcher tributes

Members of Parliament travelling back to the UK from overseas to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher can claim up to £3,750 in travel expenses, it was confirmed today.

MPs are able to claim for their journeys back following the recall of Parliament during the Easter recess, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) says.

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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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Adams: Thatcher 'did great hurt to Irish and British people'

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has criticised Lady Thatcher, saying "her Irish policy failed miserably":

Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies.

Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering.

Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and ’81.

Her Irish policy failed miserably.

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Football clubs 'will not be asked to hold minute's silence'

Rob Harris, a reporter for The Associated Press, says the Premier League will not be asking clubs to hold a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher.

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Premier League won't be asking clubs to hold minute's silence for #Thatcher at matches

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