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MPs call for Margaret Thatcher Day

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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.


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.
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.



Thatcher funeral 'made criticism seem misplaced'

Conservative policing minister Nick Herbert said that Baroness Thatcher's funeral "made all the criticism seem misplaced" and that it was "moving to hear the cheers outside."


It was a fine and fitting service that made all the criticism seem misplaced. Moving to hear the cheers outside. A privilege to be there.

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