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Reflecting on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher

In this week's Last Word Steve Brine MP, the Winchester conservative; Mike Thornton MP, who won the Eastleigh by-election for the Lib Dems last month; and Victoria Groulef, who has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Reading West, debate the legacy of Baroness Thatcher.

They also assess their respective chances for the local elections next month. At the moment, the shire counties of southern England are solid blue. Come May 2nd, will they still look that way?

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Margaret Thatcher was 'the best boss I ever had'

Former chief policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher, John Redwood, described her as "the best boss I ever had".

"We had to work very long hours to keep up with her," he said.

Fighting back tears he said:

The most moving moment inside the cathedral was when they opened up the great doors and we could hear the noise outside.

It was exactly the kind of tribute you would hope for - we are grieving a loss but also commemorating a life well-led, an extraordinarily active life.

Asked about protests, he simply said: "It is a free country."

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