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.
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.
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.
Former Number 10 spin chief Alastair Campbell wrote on Twitter:
disagreed with much she did but Mrs Thatcher was one hell of a PM to cover as a journalist, and one of small number of real change PMs
Today represents a great loss for our country. Margaret Thatcher was greatest PM of post-war era. A privilege and honour to have known her.
Labour will suspend campaigning in the local elections until further notice following the death of Baroness Thatcher, senior party sources have told the Press Association.
Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.
Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.
And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.
As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.
Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.
She will be sadly missed.
Jon Swaine, of the Daily Telegraph, has spoken to Diane Thatcher about the death of her former mother-in-law.
Diane Thatcher, mother of Lady Thatcher's grandchildren, tells me from Texas: "My children & I are heartbroken .. she will be dearly missed"