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Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher knew about an alleged paedophile ring among the Conservative Party in the 1980s, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Ex-Tory activist Anthony Gilberthorpe told the newspaper he was asked to supply cabinet ministers with underage boys for illicit sex parties.
Mr Gilberthorpe claims he handed Thatcher, who died last year, the names of those involved 25 years ago but no action was taken.
Two inquiries are to be held into alleged child sex abuse involving MPs and wider institutions such as the NHS, the Church and the BBC.
A new sculpture goes on display today as the first anniversary of the death of Margaret Thatcher approaches.
The bronze bust by artist and sculptor Lisa Hawker will be on display at Grantham Museum from today until 30th April.
Since her death Grantham Museum has seen a big increase in the number of visitors and now have an extensive exhibition on the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain.
The Museum will be open on Tuesday 8th April, the first anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's death, to allow visitors to read condolence books signed last year.
Labour is demanding a formal apology from the government for the treatment of miners during the strike of 1984 to 1985.
Recently released cabinet papers from the 1980s showed, Grantham born former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, considered sending in troops to break the strike.
Shadow Minister Michael Dugher will make the demand in the House of Commons.
Newly released papers from Margaret Thatcher's time at Number 10 have shown she may have planned to close over 70 pits.
The secret "hit-list" means that the government may have been looking at a further 50 closures than the 20 that were talked about by the government and National Coal Board.
The document reveals they wanted to close the mines over a three year period.
Arthur Scargill, then leader of the Yorkshire National Union of Miners, had always claimed the government were planning to close more mines than were being discussed publicly.
As Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher's immaculately coiffed blonde locks were as much a part of her image as her famous handbag - and newly-released government files show just how much time she spent keeping up appearances.
Her appointments diary for 1984, released by the National Archives, show that she had 118 hair appointments in the space of 12 months.
In June, when she was hosting world leaders at an economic summit in London she had hair appointments on five consecutive days.
The diary also confirms her reputation as a workaholic who found it difficult to relax.
Margaret Thatcher's government was desperate to stop cash from the Soviet Union reaching the striking coal miners, according to newly-released Government papers.
Official files from 1984 released by the National Archives show ministers believed hundreds of thousands of pounds were being channelled to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from Moscow.
But even though the union's assets had been sequestered by the courts after its president, Arthur Scargill, refused to allow it to pay a £200,000 fine for contempt, officials admitted there was little they could do to stop the flow of roubles.
Mrs Thatcher was told the best they could hope for was that a NUM courier might be picked up by Customs trying to enter the country with "a suitcase full of bank notes".
Minsters were alerted by MI5 to the Soviet financial lifeline for the miners in early November 1984. A few days later the Soviet news agency TASS reported publicly that £500,000 had been raised to support the strike.
Although the money was supposed to have been donated by Russian miners, the Government had little doubt that the funds could only have been transferred abroad with the approval of the Soviet authorities.
Margaret Thatcher secretly considered calling out the troops at the height of the miners' strike amid fears union action could destroy her Conservative government, according to newly released files.
Government papers from 1984, released by the National Archives, show ministers were so concerned at the outbreak of a national docks strike while the miners were still out, they considered declaring a state of emergency.
Plans were drawn up for thousands of service personnel to commandeer trucks to move vital supplies of food and coal around the country.
It was probably the closest Mrs Thatcher came to defeat in her battle with the miners but the scheme was never implemented after the dockers' action petered out after less than two weeks.
The epic, 12-month confrontation between the Conservative government and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and its left-wing president Arthur Scargill was one of the defining episodes of the Thatcher era.
It saw some of the worst industrial violence the country had witnessed, with hundreds injured in brutal picket line clashes between police and miners, and ended in crushing defeat for the NUM.
New files released by the National Archive show Grantham-born former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, secretly considered calling out the troops at the height of the 1984 miners' strike.
Files also show how was also so concerned about the outbreak of a national docks strike at the same time, her government considered declaring a state of emergency.
The archive also revealed she had one hundred and eighteen hair appointments in 1984, including five on consecutive days.