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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."

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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.

Grantham Museum boss backs call for " 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 Helen Goral at Grantham Museum.

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MPs call for Margaret Thatcher Day

Margaret Thatcher Credit: ITV News

A group of Conservative MPs has called for the August bank holiday to be renamed in honour of the Grantham-born late prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Dubbed the Alternative Queen’s Speech, the MPs have drawn up a total of 42 proposals for parliament to consider.

The private members’ bills were presented at the House of Commons last night after the group camped out in Westminster for four days to make sure they were first in the queue at the Public Bill Office.

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough, said he thought David Cameron would be ‘pretty relaxed’ about the proposals.

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Margaret Thatcher's funeral security cost £1.1 million

In a statement the Cabinet Office said that the estimated costs for Lady Thatcher’s funeral ceremony are around £500,000.

This includes the costs incurred by St Paul’s Cathedral, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office, the invitation printers, and staff overtime.

The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher outside St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: David Crump/Daily Mail/PA Wire

The provisional estimate of the direct policing and security costs for the funeral are around £1.1 million.

Report: Goldthorpe's alternative Thatcher funeral

There have been protests in our region against a leader blamed for decimating mining communities across northern England.

Although Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street more than two decades ago - time has done little to heal the scars felt by many in villages like Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire.

Today more than 1000 people gathered for a mock funeral there which saw an effigy of the former Prime Minister being carried through the streets and then burnt on wasteland. Jon Hill reports.

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