MPs to pay Thatcher tribute

The Houses of Parliament are being called back for a special session to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. The 87-year-old's death was announced on Monday.

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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: Support will help us in days ahead

Mark Thatcher said he and his family had been "overwhelmed" by the response to his mother's death.

Mark Thatcher has expressed thanks for the "warm" messages of support received in the wake of his mother's death.

He said: "These messages often convey personal stories and vignettes of part of the journey of my mother’s life and we are all enormously grateful for the warmth that these messages of convey and they will be a source of encouragement and strength as we face the inevitable days ahead.

"And for that I am most grateful."

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Caroline Lucas: Thatcher 'caused such misery'

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said she would prefer to spend time in Brighton than pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

The Labour MP for Rotherham Sarah Champion said Thatcherism "tried to destroy our town".


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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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MPs paid tribute to ex-PM Edward Heath in 2005

MPs and peers will today pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher after her death on Monday aged 87, after a stroke.

On the death of previous Prime Ministers, the Commons has marked the occasion with relatively brief adjournment debates - not a Government motion as tabled today.

The Union flag flew at half mast over the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday

When Edward Heath died in July 2005, MPs paid tribute for 63 minutes on an adjournment debate.

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