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Margaret Thatcher's papers revealed

Margaret Thatcher's private papers from 1982 have been made public for the first time.

They reveal the fiery debates that took place over how the British Government was to respond when Argentina invaded the Falklands.

The Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge University holds more than one million documents on Baroness Thatcher, including photographs, press cuttings, audio clips and video tapes.

Lady Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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Lady Thatcher's private papers made public

Margaret Thatcher Credit: PA

Argentina's invasion of the Falklands caused deep divisions within the Conservative Party, according to Margaret Thatcher's 1982 private papers which are released today.

Notes prepared for the Grantham-born Prime Minister show the difference in opinion within the party over what action to take.

Until now the backroom discussions have remained private but the notes are among those released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust as it opens files from a time which came to define her career.

Memorial held for 19 servicemen who died during the Falklands War

A memorial service has followed the unveiling of a new plaque at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today, to remember the 19 servicemen who died onboard HMS Coventry in 1982.

The chairman of the HMS Coventry Association, Chris Howe MBE, said that the memorial is a place for survivors to visit and remember the servicemen who died.

Memorial unveiled for Falklands ship disaster

19 crew members died onboard HMS Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

A memorial to those who died on HMS Coventry during the Falklands War in 1982, has been unveiled today.

A single plaque, funded by the HMS Coventry Association, stands in front of an oak tree, which has been planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

In May 1982, 19 crewmen died when an Argentinian missile struck the ship.

A two-day referendum is currently taking place on the Falkland Islands to see if the country wishes to remain a territory of the UK.

HMS Broadsword subsequently rescued 170 of HMS Coventry's crew Credit: ITV News Central
HMS Coventry was a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy Credit: ITV News Central
The National Memorial Arboretum is a year-round place of remembrance Credit: ITV News Central

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Memorial service at the arboretum begins

Crowd awaits the memorial service Credit: Michael Sibert

A special service of dedication is taking place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Task Force Landings on the Falkland Islands, where 255 UK servicemen and merchant seamen gave their lives in the Falklands Conflict.

Preparations begin at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: Michael Sibert

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