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David Cameron took a few hours off wooing the voters of today by trying to impress the voters of tomorrow at a school near Bolton.
The Prime Minister read to a group as he visited the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton. They read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, but the cameras and encounter with the Tory leader seemed too much for Lucy - who rested her head on the desk.
Meanwhile, Mr Cameron appeared confused about the plot of the book, which sees a princess rescue an ungrateful prince from a dragon.
"Complicated stuff, this," he said.
The PM was in the Bolton West seat - held by Labour in 2010 with a wafer-thin majority of just 92 - to promote the Conservative Party of making children resit exams at secondary school if they do not reach the standard in core subjects at primary.
The Conservative MP for Fylde has resigned as a ministerial aide following allegations in a sunday newspaper about his personal life. Mark Menzies, who was elected as an MP in 2010, stood down last night as a parliamentary private secretary to Alan Duncan.
A major security operation is underway in Manchester city centre ahead of the Conservative conference.
Around 12,000 delegates are expected to descend on the city ahead of the event which begins this weekend at Manchester Central.
Some of the roads in the area will be closed until it finishes on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister and the cabinet members are expected to arrive in the coming days.
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The news of the Baroness Thatcher's death has also drawn reactions from some of her critics.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone told Sky News:
She created today's housing crisis, she produced the banking crisis, she created the benefits crisis ... Every real problem we face today is the legacy of the fact she was fundamentally wrong.
Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB trade union, said:
Her legacy involves the destruction of communities, the elevation of personal greed over social values and legitimising the exploitation of the weak by the strong.
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said:
She led alongside Ronald Reagan the escalation of the Cold War. She introduced cruise missiles to Britain and fought the Falklands war.
Her arms deals with Saudi Arabia were notorious. Her legacy was Tony Blair who built enthusiastically on her record.
Baroness Thatcher's former foreign secretary Lord Hurd told Sky News: "Mrs Thatcher was very persistent. She would not let go. She went on and on and on until through sheer exhaustion and exasperation the others gave her most of what she wanted."
He added that Mrs Thatcher had managed to turn Britain's fortunes round after the "awful" 1970s.