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Security operation for Tory conference in Manchester

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.

Supt Bryan Lawton, Greater Manchester Police

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Margaret Thatcher's legacy 'fundamentally wrong'

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.

– KEN LIVINGSTONE ON SKY NEWS

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.

– Paul Kenny, general secretary, GMB union

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.

– Lindsey German, Stop The War Coalition

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Lord Hurd: Thatcher turned round Britain's fortunes

Former Conservative Home and Foreign Secretary Lord Douglas Hurd. Credit: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament/PA Archive

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.

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Tony Blair: 'Margaret was a towering political figure'

Former prime minister Tony Blair has described Baroness Thatcher as "a towering political figure". He added:

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

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Margaret Thatcher's life in the spotlight

File photo dated 13th July 1950 of Margaret Hilda Roberts, as the then Conservative candidate for Dartford
File photo dated 13th July 1950 of Margaret Hilda Roberts, as the then Conservative candidate for Dartford Credit: PA/PA Wire
File photo dated 10th June 1983 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers after her election win
File photo dated 10th June 1983 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waving to well-wishers after her election win Credit: PA/PA Wire
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher addressing the Conservative Party Conference at Brighton in 1980
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher addressing the Conservative Party Conference at Brighton in 1980 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Baroness Margaret Thatcher pictured outside her London home in November 2010
Baroness Margaret Thatcher pictured outside her London home in November 2010 Credit: jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment
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