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Costs of funeral are a 'fraction' of what people think

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, the man responsible for organising Thatcher's funeral, said the costs are a "fraction" of the figures being "banded around".

Speaking to Daybreak he said: "The state will always pay for the costs of the funeral and memorial of a former Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher was very adamant she did not want to have a separate memorial service.

"So this is the one occasion when people will get their chance to pay their respects, give her a send off and commemorate what was, by any exception, a really remarkable life."

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Hurd: 'Thatcher will take her place in British history'

Former member of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet Lord Douglas Hurd has spoken of his fondest memory of the Conservative prime minister being during a trip to Paris while she was fighting for her political life against Michael Heseltine.

"She swept in to the bug Galerie de Glace at Versaille and she carried herself like a queen. She was amazing - showed all the courage which I will always remember her for."

Speaking about Baroness Thatcher's legacy Lord Hurd said:

"It'll take some time for people to fit her in to British history...she'll find her place in history."

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