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Carol Thatcher: 'A tough week even for the daughter of the Iron Lady'

Carol Thatcher has thanked those who has sent her messages of support after the death of her mother Lady Thatcher.

In a statement outside her mother's former home in Belgravia she said: "this is going to be a tough, tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady."


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BBC DG: Wrong to ban Ding Dong song 'outright'

BBC director general Tony Hall said an outright ban of the Ding Dong record on Radio 1's chart show would have given the track more publicity:

I understand the concerns about this campaign. I personally believe it is distasteful and inappropriate. However, I do believe it would be wrong to ban the song outright as free speech is an important principle and a ban would only give it more publicity.

I have spoken at some length with the Director of Radio Graham Ellis and Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper.

We have agreed that we won't be playing the song in full, rather treating it as a news story and playing a short extract to put it in context.

– Tony Hall
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Short, smaller Thatcher service to be held on Tuesday

A short service for around 100 people, led by the Dean of Westminster, will be held to receive Baroness Thatcher's body into the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster at 4pm on Tuesday, Downing Street said today.

The chapel will be open from 5pm to 9pm on Tuesday so that MPs, peers and parliamentary staff can pay their respects.

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Carol Thatcher due to return to the UK tonight

Baroness Thatcher's daughter Carol is expected to return to the UK tonight, her brother Sir Mark said.

Sir Mark left Lady Thatcher's Belgravia townhouse this afternoon after collecting flowers left outside the property.

Asked by reporters when his sister Carol would be returning to the UK, he said it would be "late, late this evening".

But he made no further comment on the plans for his mother's funeral.

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Arthur Scargill reacts to Thatcher's death: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

One of Margaret Thatcher's biggest domestic conflicts came with powerful union boss Arthur Scargill. He clashed bitterly with her during the 1984/85 miners' strike.

Scargill has managed to avoid media attention since Thatcher's death - but now, for the first time, ITV News can reveal his response.

Arthur Scargill was sent a text message by Ken Capstick, the Treasurer of the Socialist Labour Party which read: "Thatcher Dead". As pictured below, back came this equally short reply from Scargill: "SCARGILL ALIVE !"

The response from Arthur Scargill after learning of Margaret Thatcher's death Credit: ITV News


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Political figures and celebs invited to Thatcher funeral

Invitations to Baroness Thatcher's funeral will be sent to the following famous political and celebrity figures, Downing Street has confirmed:

  • Tony Blair and Cherie Blair
  • FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa
  • Geoffrey Archer
  • Michael Portillo
  • Lord Powell of Bayswater
  • Lord Carrington
  • Stephen Harper, Canadian prime minister
  • Brian Mulrooney, former Canadian prime minister
  • Dame Shirley Bassey
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Clegg: 'Bit odd' to hold PMQs on day of Thatcher funeral

Nick Clegg said the fate of next week's PMQs was for David Cameron and the Commons Speaker to decide. Credit: PA Wire

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said it would be a "bit odd" to hold "the knockabout" of Prime Minister's Questions on the same day as Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

The service at St Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday clashes with Parliament's scheduled weekly cross-examination of David Cameron.

A motion tabled last night to delay the start of Commons proceedings until 2.30pm on the day, effectively cancelling PMQs, is expected to be passed when MPs return to Westminster from their Easter break on Monday.

Speaking during his weekly radio phone-in on LBC 97.3, Mr Clegg said he expected Mr Cameron would hold discussions with Commons Speaker John Bercow about the arrangements in the House on the day.

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