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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.

Motion to create 'Margaret Thatcher Day'

A bill is being read for the second time in the House of Commons today about the creation of a 'Margaret Thatcher Day.' But the bill may not lead to an extra bank holiday - rather the re-naming of an existing one.

Margaret Thatcher died earlier this year Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

It has been tabled by the MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, Peter Bone. Mr Bone has recently criticised a senior Labour spokeswoman for referring to him as a member of the "Tory Taliban" in the Commons for promoting a series of right-wing Bills.

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Boris calls for Thatcher honour at Oxford University

Baroness Thatcher died last month Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has called for Oxford University to endow a college in honour of Margaret Thatcher.

The former prime minister died last month.

In 1985, Oxford University refused to grant the honour in protest at Baroness Thatcher's education policies.

However, the London Mayor, also an Oxford alumni, said by allowing universities to charge overseas students, she had changed the way higher education institutions were funded.

Boris Johnson, said: "They had decided, unprecedentedly, not to give her a doctorate even though she was an Oxford prime minister, an alumni of that university and the first female prime minister of this country."

"I think she deserves no less because it was thanks to that reform that universities in this city and in this country have been able to invest in research, in all the benefits universities bring to our economy."

Gandhi's sandals fetch £19,000 at auction

Sandals that belonged to Gandhi. Credit: ITV News Central

Sandals that once belonged to Mahatma Gandhi fetched £19,000 today at an auction in Shropshire.

Despite the sandals being auctioned off in 'poor condition', the footwear fetched more than expected at Mullock's Auctioneers in Church Stretton.

The sandal's guide price was £10,000 to £15,000.

Thatcher's Falkland document auctioned for £5,500

Margaret Thatcher at San Carlos cemetery on the Falkland Islands Credit: PA Archive

The original telex message signed by Margaret Thatcher to signify victory in the Falklands, has today fetched £5,500 at an auction in Church Stretton, Shropshire.

The document states: " The Falkland Islands are once more under the government desired by their inhabitants. God Save the Queen."

It was predicted to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000.

Thatcher's Falkland victory document to be auctioned

President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher Credit: PA

The original document sent and signed by Margaret Thatcher signalling the end of the Falklands War, is going under the hammer today in Shropshire.

The telex message from Major General Sir Jeremy Moore to London dated June 15 1982, is expected to fetch around £15,000.


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Osborne speaks about 'overwhelming' Thatcher funeral

George Osborne has said that he had found the funeral of Baroness Thatcher an "overwhelming" occasion.

The Chancellor was caught on camera wiping away tears during the service last week at St Paul's Cathedral, said it had been "a very, very powerful and emotional" event.

"I welled up a bit because I thought it was a very emotional and moving occasion and at times overwhelming," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I think it was a fitting tribute to someone's life and in a sense a great State occasion as well.

The combination of the sermon and the music and so on made for a very, very powerful and emotional moment."

George Osborne pictured at Baroness thatcher's funeral. Credit: Christopher Furlong/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Mr Osborne appeared uncomfortable when presenter John Humphrys tried to press him on whether he was the sort of person who does weep occasionally.

"Well, I was caught on camera so I can't deny that it (happened)," he said.

"Occasionally I get a tear in my eye, sometimes just when I listen to the Today programme headlines, but on this occasion it was a much more moving moment."

Margaret Thatcher's biography goes on sale

Margaret Thatcher died aged 87 Credit: PA

Margaret Thatcher's official biography will be published today. It reveals how the former Prime Minister plotted to defeat the coal miners from the day she took office.

The details are disclosed in Margaret Thatcher, The Authorised Biography - Volume One: Not For Turning, written by former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore.

Lady Thatcher died on April 8. She was born and raised in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

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