Cameron leads Thatcher tributes

In the Commons, recalled in special session to mark Thatcher's death, David Cameron led the tributes from MPs to "an extraordinary leader and an extraordinary woman".

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Downing Street defends decision to recall Parliament

Number 10 has defended the decision to recall MPs to Westminster to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

Given her stature and importance, the Prime Minister thought that the right thing to do was to ask the Speaker to recall Parliament.

Attendance is a matter for individual Members of Parliament.

In terms of the Prime Minister, and I am sure a good many other MPs, it is an important opportunity to pay tribute to Lady Thatcher.

– Prime Minister's official spokesman

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!


Hague plays down Thatcher death celebrations

Hundreds took to the streets of Brixton in south London after Margaret Thatcher's death was confirmed. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Foreign Secretary William Hague has played down the street celebrations in Glasgow and London at the passing of Margaret Thatcher, telling Daybreak only a "tiny minority" was happy she had died.

Mr Hague said those partying were a combination of "frustrated" people "who could never beat her" during the 1980s alongside a younger generation who "don't know much about that period and what (she) had to overcome".

Mr Hague added that the reported £10 million which is to be spent on the former Conservative prime minister's funeral was justified.

He said Baroness Thatcher had earned enough money for the country to cover the expense to the taxpayer.

Labour MP: Why I’m boycotting Thatcher debate

John Healey
John Healey's Yorkshire constituency was hit by coal mine closures. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former housing and Treasury minister John Healey will boycott today’s special session of Parliament to mark the passing of Margaret Thatcher.

In an article for, he said: "Parliament is being used for narrow political gain by the Prime Minister, as a platform for his party's ideology and not just eulogy."

Party leader Ed Miliband had urged his MPs to attend today's session, but Healey is likely to be accompanied in his boycott by John Mann and Ronnie Campbell.

Commons speaker: MPs should pay respect today

The Deputy Speaker of the House in Commons Nigel Evans, has told Daybreak he expects respect from all MPs, no matter what their political beliefs today.

Parliament was recalled from Easter recess for a special session to pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher who passed away this week.

Mr Evans, who was a family friend of the Thatchers, said people needed to pay respect in death, "she was a mother, a grandmother, we've got to think about these things too."


Galloway not attending Parliament Thatcher tribute

Respect MP George Galloway has said he will not be taking part in Parliamentary tributes to Baroness Thatcher today.

Asked if he would be attending, he said: "I understand it is not a debate, so no. If it were a debate about the legacy of Margaret Thatcher I would be first in the queue for prayers. It is a state-organised eulogy."

George Galloway sparked anger by tweeting controversial comments about the former Prime Minister. Credit: PA

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.

Clegg expected to speak at Thatcher commons session

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is expected to speak at today Commons debate on the death Baroness Thatcher, according to sources, the Press Association reports.

David Cameron will lead the debate, followed by Labour leader Ed Miliband which will enable MPs and peers to pay tribute to the former prime minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: Press Association

The Liberal Democrat leader has previously made an additional statement to Mr Cameron, on the Leveson report, but it is not yet clear under which procedure he will make his contribution.

Commons debates on Government motions typically begin with a speech from each of the front benches, before back bench MPs take up the bulk of time with speeches.

The front benches then make wind-up speeches to conclude a 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.

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