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Cameron: 'An extraordinary leader and woman'

David Cameron opened the tributes to Baroness Thatcher in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister said she was an "extraordinary leader and extraordinary woman" who accomplished many great achievements that were viewed by most at the time as "inconceivable" for her gender.

In a glowing tribute lasting more than 11 minutes, Cameron praised to her political skill, her personal tenacity and the unique place she moulded for herself in history. He said:

"The say cometh the hour, cometh the man, will in 1979 came the hour and came the Lady, she made the political weather, she made history and let this be her epitaph: She made Britain great again. "

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Ed Miliband: Margaret Thatcher broke the mould

Labour leader Ed Miliband praised Baroness Thatcher for "breaking the mould".

“At each stage of her life she broke the mould - a woman at Oxford, when there was no a single woman in the university who held a full professorship.

"A woman chemist when most people assumed scientists had to be men, a woman candidate for Parliament in 1950 against the opposition of some in her party in Dartford at the age of only 24, a woman MP in 1959 when just 4% of MPs in the whole of this House were women."

Ed Miliband praised Thatcher for "breaking the mould"
Ed Miliband praised Thatcher for "breaking the mould" Credit: ITV News
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David Cameron: Thatcher was an extraordinary leader

David Cameron has said Baroness Thatcher’s coffin will be “draped with the flag she loved”.

“It is also right that next Wednesday Lady Thatcher’s coffin will be draped with the flag that she loved…

“[The funeral] will be a fitting tribute to a great Prime Minister.”

He described her as an “extraordinary” leader and an “extraordinary” woman.

“It is also right to remember that she spent her whole premiership and indeed much of her life under direct personal threat from the IRA.”

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David Cameron: Thatcher overcame great challenges

David Cameron has paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher as he opened proceedings on a special debate in the House of Commons.

The prime minister said: “In the long history of this Parliament, Margaret Thatcher was our first and so far our only woman prime minister…

“She defined and she overcame the great challenges of her age, and it is right that Parliament has been recalled to mark our respect.”

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron led the tributes to Baroness Thatcher in the House of Commons today. Credit: ITV News

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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 flies at half mast over the Houses of Parliament
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.

Rock the House! MPs back music talent

A competition is underway that might just find the next One Direction or Emili Sande. It's called Rock the House - and winners get to perform at one of the country's most unlikely venues - The Houses of Parliament.

Backed by MPs from the Meridian region - it aims to raise awareness of music copyright theft and showcase talent to the industry. Ben Erlam reports.

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