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Barack Obama: 'America has lost a true friend'

With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.

As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.

As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.

And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.

Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

– President Barack Obama

Margaret Thatcher will receive Ceremonial funeral

Downing Street has confirmed that Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be given a Ceremonial funeral:

Downing Street can announce that, with The Queen's consent, Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral. A wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher will be invited.

The service will be followed by a private cremation. All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher's family. Further details will be published over the coming days.

– Downing Street statement


David Cameron visits Derby, full report

The Prime Minister has been to a hospital in Derby to announce a package of measures to improve standards of care in the NHS. It comes after appalling cases of patient neglect at two other hospitals in the Midlands.

David Cameron wants to extend the use of patient satisfaction surveys, but today critics dismissed his announcement as a PR exercise. Our correspondent Peter Bearne reports.


David Cameron in Derby to announce NHS improvements

Cameron: "I want every hospital to give every patient the best possible care." Credit: PA

The Prime Minister will today visit Derby to announce measures to improve nursing standards in 2013.

David Cameron will say NHS care standards will be a key priority for the Government this year.

This move follows Labour MP Ann Clwyd's criticism of nursing after she raised the poor care of her late husband in Prime Minister's Questions last year.

Prime Minister visits Derby to improve the NHS

David Cameron's new friends and family test will ask patients and staff whether they would recommend the service to a loved one Credit: PA

The Prime Minister will today visit a health centre in Derby as part of attempts to improve NHS standards of care.

David Cameron's new friends and family test will ask patients and staff whether they would recommend the service to a loved one. It will be introduced nationally from April.

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