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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.


I pay respects to #Thatcher as someone who’s died but prefer to give time to ppl of #Brighton than pay tribute to one who caused such misery

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


I'm not in Parliament today as I my time is better spent helping #Rotherham. Thatcherism tried to destroy our town & community, they failed!


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.


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.



Blair: Thatcher 'was kind and generous spirited'

Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:

“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.

And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.

She will be sadly missed.

The Prime Minister goes door knocking in Eastleigh

by Phil Hornby

The Prime Minister David Cameron has spent the day on the campaign trail in Eastleigh.

The Prime Minister surprised residents by knocking on their doors to try and drum up support for his party's candidate in the constituency's by-election on tHursday 28th February 2013.

The flying visit follows days of campaigning by other political heavyweights, all hoping their party can gain the disgraced Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne's former seat. Our political correspondent Phil Honrby reports.

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