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Ed Miliband: Margaret Thatcher broke the mould

Labour leader Ed Miliband praised Baroness Thatcher for "breaking the mould".

“At each stage of her life she broke the mould - a woman at Oxford, when there was no a single woman in the university who held a full professorship.

"A woman chemist when most people assumed scientists had to be men, a woman candidate for Parliament in 1950 against the opposition of some in her party in Dartford at the age of only 24, a woman MP in 1959 when just 4% of MPs in the whole of this House were women."

Ed Miliband praised Thatcher for "breaking the mould"
Ed Miliband praised Thatcher for "breaking the mould" Credit: ITV News
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New books of condolences for Baroness Thatcher

Book of condolence for Baroness Thatcher at the Grantham Museum. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Books of condolences for Baroness Thatcher are to be opened at Guildhall and St Margaret's Church, Westminster.

Others had already been placed in the Finchley and Golders Green Conservative Association, as well as the museum in her home town of Grantham.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude chaired another meeting today to co-ordinate funeral arrangements.

Details of how much her estate has contributed towards the funeral will be revealed after the ceremony, Downing Street has said.

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Working title for Thatcher's funeral is 'True Blue'

Details of Baroness Thatcher's funeral next Wednesday have been released by the government.

Baroness Thatcher's funeral will take place next Wednesday. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

The working title for the funeral's operational plan is 'True Blue'.

Next Wednesday, flags on government buildings and UK embassies around the world will be lowered to half-mast at sunrise (8am) and raised again at sunset (8pm).

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Farage: Thatcher 'fundamentally changed my life'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has signed a book of condolence for Baroness Thatcher in her hometown Grantham and said the former Prime Minister had "fundamentally changed my life."

UKIP leader Nigel Farage signs a book of condolence for Baroness Thatcher. Credit: ITV News / Rupert Evelyn
He said she had changed his life. Credit: ITV News / Rupert Evelyn
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Maude: Thatcher funeral ‘should meet family needs’

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher should be in accordance with what her family wants, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said.

The family have been involved over a long period.

We’ve been concerned throughout that they should be involved and that the arrangements that are made – which obviously involve huge numbers of people and a wide range of organisations - should be in accordance with what the family themselves want.

Although people all around the world and particularly those who knew her well are feeling a loss today, the people who feel the greatest loss are clearly their family.

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Book of condolence for Thatcher opened at South Kesteven Council

The book of condolence at South Kesteven Council buildings Credit: Kate Hemingway

A book of condolence for Margaret Thatcher has also been opened by South Kesteven District Council.

It contains a mixture of comments, some of a more controversial nature.

There is a steady stream of people signing the condolence book Credit: Kate Hemingway
One of the messages written in the condolence book Credit: Kate Hemingway
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Tribute website for Thatcher

A weekly newspaper in Lincolnshire has created a tribute website to the former Prime Minister following her death.

Baroness Thatcher died from a stroke aged 87 yesterday - but the death of the woman who dominated post-war British politics had a particular local resonance in the town of Grantham, where she was born as Margaret Roberts in 1925.

The Grantham Journal has already created a tribute website from the paper's archives with pieces about her various aspects of her life and is planning to publish a 16-page supplement in Friday’s paper.

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