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Mark Thatcher: It is without doubt a very sad moment

Mark Thatcher has paid tribute to his mother and expressed thanks for the messages of support.

My mother was blessed with a long life and a very full one.

However the inevitability or the inevitable conclusion may appear of the recent illness that she suffered, it is no easier for us to bear in what is without doubt a very sad moment.

We have quite simply been overwhelmed by messages of support, condolence of every type from far and wide and I know that my mother would be pleased they have come from people of all walks of life.

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Mark Thatcher 'proud' Queen attending funeral

Mark Thatcher says his mother would be "humbled" by the presence of The Queen at her funeral.

He added: "I would like to say how enormously proud and equally grateful we are that Her Majesty has agreed to attend the ceremony next week in St Paul’s and I know my mother would be greatly honoured as well as humbled by her presence."

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MPs and peers to pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher

MPs and peers will today pay their respects to Baroness Thatcher after Parliament was recalled from its Easter recess so tributes could be paid to the former prime minister.

They will debate a single line motion which reads: "That this House has considered the matter of tributes to the Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG OM."

The Union flag flew at half mast over the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Prime Minister will lead the debate on the death of Lady Thatcher, Ed Miliband will follow, before Speaker John Bercow then calls MPs to contribute.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will make statements on Lady Thatcher's death

The order paper for proceedings indicate the debate may continue until 10pm, at which point Leader of the House Andrew Lansley will adjourn the Commons until its planned return from the Easter recess on Monday.

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Thatcher was 'greatest PM of all time'

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MPs pay tribute to 'inspirational' Thatcher

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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 Credit: PA/PA Wire
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 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Baroness Margaret Thatcher pictured outside her London home in November 2010 Credit: jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment
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