Margaret Thatcher threatened to scrap a visit to Ireland because it was being "unfriendly" about the Falklands War, new records reveal.
Details of a love triangle involving the future husband of Baroness Thatcher's sister have been disclosed in the biography of the Iron Lady.
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Potential memorials for the late Margaret Thatcher in her hometown of Grantham have been revealed.
Two statues show the Iran Lady with her famous handbag standing tall in centre of Grantham, while a third portrays her in a more relaxed pose sitting down.
Baroness Thatcher's statue could be neighbours with the sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton, who was educated in Grantham and brought up nearby in Woolsthorpe Manor.
Proposals for a statue in Grantham of the UK's first female prime minister, who died in April aged 87, have proved to be controversial with suggestions it might need to be on a plinth to protect it from vandals.
Margaret Thatcher declared it was "even worse than we thought" after learning the details behind the break out at the top security Maze prison in which 38 IRA inmates went on the run.
The then-Prime Minister penned her thoughts across the top of a secret Government document which landed on her desk five days after the mass escape from the Northern Ireland jail on 25 September, 1983, became the worst prison break-out in British history.
In the immediate aftermath, strongly-worded advice sent by telegram from the Foreign Office to its territories stressed, "You should take every opportunity to limit the propaganda benefit the IRA will reap from the outbreak ... The Government regard the outbreak most seriously."
Britain deployed a laser weapon to the Falklands that was designed to "dazzle" Argentine pilots during battle, newly-released Government papers reveal.
Despite being quietly and hurriedly developed, the weapon was never used in action, according to a 1983 document released by the National Archives today.
The letter is dated January 1983 and marked "Top Secret and UK Eyes A," from the then newly-appointed Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Mr Heseltine wrote: "We developed and deployed with very great urgency a naval laser weapon, designed to dazzle low flying Argentine pilots attacking ships, to the Task Force in the South Atlantic.
"This weapon was not used in action and knowledge of it has been kept to a very restricted level."
The close bond between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan was almost broken over the US invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983.
Official documents released by the National Archives reveal the then-US President only informed Downing Street of the plan the night before troops moved in.
Mrs Thatcher said she was "deeply disturbed" by the military action.
William Hague bore no hard feelings after Margaret Thatcher vetoed his appointment as a special adviser in 1983, a source close to the Foreign Secretary has said.
Mrs Thatcher, the then-Prime Minister, noted at the time, "Promising though he is, it is a bit difficult to see what a 21-year-old will contribute as a special adviser".
Mr Hague, who instead was offered a role at the Conservative Research Department, felt his time there had been "a wonderful introduction to politics at a high level", the unnamed source said.
"The Foreign Secretary thinks that Margaret Thatcher was, as usual, right", they continued.
"He is still very proud that Margaret Thatcher gave him her backing when he stood for the leadership of the Conservative Party 14 years later."
William Hague's first attempt to enter politics was blackballed by then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, newly-released Government papers show.
Mrs Thatcher had been among those cheering the future Foreign Secretary when, as a 16-year-old schoolboy, he delivered a speech that took the Conservative Party conference by storm.
Mrs Thatcher was less impressed when - as a 21-year-old Oxford graduate - he tried to secure a prestigious posting as special adviser to the Chancellor.
Papers released by the National Archives at Kew, west London, show she angrily blocked the move, denouncing it as a "gimmick" and an "embarrassment" to her Government.
When senior Treasury official John Kerr requested approval for his appointment in a letter dated March 17 1983, Mrs Thatcher scrawled across the top in thick black ink, "No [triple underlined] - this is a gimmick and would be deeply resented by many who have financial-economic experience."
Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher made repeated attempts to get Jimmy Savile knighted - despite pleas from her concerned aides - it has been reported.
Previously unseen Cabinet Office documents from Lady Thatcher's premiership obtained by The Sun newspaper admit to advisers' "worries" about Savile being made a "Sir" against a backdrop of "unfortunate revelations" about his private life.
The television star was knighted for his services to charity in 1990.
One adviser's letter to the PM, published in The Sun today, stated: "Mr Savile is a strange and complex man."
It adds: "Fears have been expressed that Mr Savile might not be able to refrain from exploiting a knighthood in a way which brought the honours system into disrepute."
Only one voter in eight would support renaming a bank holiday "Margaret Thatcher Day" in honour of the late prime minister, a poll published today suggests.
The proposal was one of the most eye-catching ideas tabled by a group of Conservative backbenchers in their so-called "Alternative Queen's Speech".
However, it also proved to be the least popular - just 13% of those questioned in the poll for Tory donor Lord Ashcroft backed the move.
Also failing to win public support were proposals to allow employees to opt out of the minimum wage (backed by 23%), privatise the BBC (28%) and scrap the office of the Deputy Prime Minister (29%).
Some 2,013 adults were interviewed online between June 28 and 30 for the poll.
An anti-Margaret Thatcher protest song was performed at Glastonbury Festival today, just months after the former Prime Minister's death.
Elvis Costello, playing an afternoon set on the main Pyramid Stage, Costello introduced Tramp the Dirt Down by saying at the time he wrote it, many years ago, he thought everyone would have jetpacks by 2013.
The controversial song was broadcast as part of the BBC's coverage of the festival.
Costello, whose fans watching onstage included Mary McCartney and the Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner, told the audience that while he would not wish dementia on anyone: "The things she did to this country are still being done today."
Tony and Cherie Blair have been given two of the dachshund puppies that gave comfort to Margaret Thatcher in her final hours, reports the Telegraph.
The Blairs are said to be acquiring the puppies that were among the new litter belonging to Baroness Thatcher’s former private secretary Lord Charles Powell.
Lord Powell showed Baroness Thatcher a video of the puppies on his iPad when he visited her at the Ritz Hotel in her final hours, and which he said prompted “her last smile”.
The puppies are owned by Lord Powell’s wife Carla, who helped deliver them two months ago, and the couple decided to give them away.
Lady Powell said Cherie agreed a month ago that she would take two of the litter and during Lady Thatcher's funeral they spoke again, according to reports.