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.
Supt Bryan Lawton, Greater Manchester Police
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:
– KEN LIVINGSTONE ON 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:
– Paul Kenny, general secretary, GMB union
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:
– Lindsey German, Stop The War Coalition
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.
Lady Thatcher didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country.
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.