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:
Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB trade union, said:
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop The War Coalition, said:
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.
Former prime minister Tony Blair has described Baroness Thatcher as "a towering political figure". He added: