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Funeral for former Scottish Conservatives leader

The funeral of a former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, David McLetchie, is taking place today. The Lothian MSP died last week from cancer at the age of 61.

First Minister Alex Salmond, along with politicians from all parties, are expected to attend a service in Edinburgh.

Alex Fergusson, the Tory MSP for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, was a close friend of Mr McLetchie. He will pay tribute to him during the ceremony .

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore is also expected to attend the service.

Mr McLetchie was a lawyer before being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999. He was the first Scottish Tory leader of the devolution era.

Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to him last week, describing him as "one of Scottish politics most formidable intellects and finest debaters".



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
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