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Thatcher considered "calling in the troops"

Margaret Thatcher Credit: PA/PA Wire

Newly-released Government files reveal that Margaret Thatcher considered calling in the troops at the height of the miners' strike - and was desperate to stop cash from the Soviet Union reaching the striking coal miners.

The late Prime Minister feared union action could destroy her Conservative government. Papers from 1984, released by the National Archives, show ministers were so concerned at the outbreak of a national docks strike when the miners were still out, they considered declaring a state of emergency.

A Bank Holiday named after Margaret Thatcher?

The thorny issue of should the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have a bank holiday named in her honour headed back to the Commons today. The Iron Lady died earlier this year but her passing stirred up mixed emotions in this part of the world.

Baroness Thatcher is seen by many as the head of a government which destroyed many mining communities.Chris Kiddey reports.


Margaret Thatcher Day Bill - second reading

The campaign for the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August to be known as Margaret Thatcher Day will be debated in Parliament again this afternoon.

The Bill is sponsored by Conservative MP Peter Bone. The Wellingborough MP was a staunch supporter of Baroness Thatcher who was brought up as Margaret Roberts in Grantham.

She was the first and so far only female British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and Conservative Party leader from 1975.

Thatcher statue plans at "exciting stage"

The Chairman of Grantham Museum is encouraging people to have their say on plans for a statue of controversial former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Artists Impressions go on display at the museum and online (click here) today.

The Margaret Thatcher Statue Project has been aiming to raise £200,000 to pay for it since March this year, a month before the Grantham-born politician died.

“It’s a hugely exciting stage in the project and one that we couldn’t have achieved without support from the local community and further a?eld. The opportunity for Grantham to embrace it’s rich heritage and exploit it for the good of the town is something that should be welcomed.”

– Helen Goral, Chairman of Grantham Museum

Thatcher statue plans on show

The drawings will be available to view within the Museum and online from today. Credit: Grantham Museum

Artists impressions of a statue in Lincolnshire of the controversial former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, have been released. Grantham Museum is trying to rise two hundred thousands pounds to pay for it.

Members of the public are being asked to comment on which type of design they prefer. Credit: Grantham Museum


Listed status for Thatcher's school

Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School Credit: ITV News

The school that helped propel the Iron Lady to No 10 has been awarded grade II-listed status.

Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School in Lincolnshire has been listed by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey.

The late Margaret Thatcher, who attended the school between 1936 and 1943, said she would not have made it to Downing Street "but for this school".

The decision to list Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School follows advice by English Heritage highlighting the school's architectural and historic interest and the fact that it remains relatively unchanged since Lady Thatcher was a pupil there.

Emily Gee, head of designation at English Heritage, said: "This handsome Edwardian grammar school possesses real historic interest for its association with Great Britain's first female prime minister.

"Margaret Thatcher's connection to her home town was a poignant one, and her views on education were no doubt shaped by her experiences in this building, where her maiden name is recorded on the head girl board."

Video: Plans for controversial Margaret Thatcher Day

She was loved and loathed in equal measure during her life and now it seems that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is continuing to divide opinion in death.

A group of Tory MPs say they're serious about wanting to rename the late August Bank Holiday "Margaret Thatcher Day". Her admirers say it would be a fitting tribute to the Iron Lady who grew up as a grocer's daughter in Grantham. But today the proposal got a lukewarm reception.

MP explains why he wants "Margaret Thatcher Day"

MPs are discussing a proposal to name a bank holiday after the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A private members bill, put forward by Wellingborough MP Peter Bone is getting its second reading today.

If passed, it would see the August Bank Holiday Monday being renamed as Margaret Thatcher Day, in tribute to the Iron Lady who grew up as a grocer's daughter in Grantham. Calendar has spoken to Mr Bone.

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