One of Margaret Thatcher's former cabinet members said he was surprised that parliament was recalled for tributes to the baroness.
Speaking on the BBC's Question Time programme last night, Kenneth Clarke, who served in numerous roles under Baroness Thatcher, said the six-hour debate on Wednesday "deteriorated" as old arguments were re-aired.
"I sat through most of it. It was perfectly all right. Inevitably the difficulty is it starts deteriorating into people sort of re-running political arguments," Clarke said.
He added: "On the hard right and on the hard left, people continue to create for the benefit of today's young a caricature of what it was about."
Veteran Conservative politician Ken Clarke will take on the role of trade envoy after losing his job as Justice Secretary in the recent Cabinet reshuffle. Mr Clarke will focus on selling British expertise in areas such as the NHS to emerging economies such as China.
Wellingborough Prison will close by the end of this year with the loss of almost 600 prison places, Kenneth Clarke said today.
The Justice Secretary said closing the jail in Northamptonshire will save £10 million per year.
The prison population in England and Wales was 86,652 last Friday, with enough capacity for a further 3,500 inmates, the Prison Service said.
Wellingborough Prison in Northamptonshire will close by the end of this year with the loss of almost 600 prison places, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said today.