Margaret Thatcher threatened to scrap a visit to Ireland because it was being "unfriendly" about the Falklands War, new records reveal.Read the full story ›
The Prime Minister is moving onto Margaret Thatcher's legacy in government.
"Margaret Thatcher made our country stand tall again, at home and abroad," he says.
He compares his task to that of Mrs Thatcher who also had "an almighty mess to clear up when she came to office".
Recounting an anecdote at a dinner, he say: "After a while I said: 'Margaret, if you had your time in government again, is there anything you'd do differently?'
"And she turned to me and said: 'You know, I think I did pretty well the first time around'."
The Conservative Party conference has created a series of bottled beers for its delegates to enjoy - but with a twist.
Conference goers in Manchester can sip on "Miliband Ale: Weaker than Brown", "Leftie Blond" and the "Extra Strong Union Ale".
There is also a beer to commemorate the late-Tory leader Margaret Thatcher, called "Our Maggie."
Chancellor George Osborne told Daybreak he may toast his speech to the Conservative Party conference today with a bottle of beer brewed in honour of former leader Margaret Thatcher.
The conference in Manchester was opened with a video tribute to Baroness Thatcher, who died in April.
"This is an opportunity for the party she led as Britain's first woman Prime Minister to pay tribute to her memory."
Asked if he had tried a pint of "Our Maggie", the Chancellor answered, "I haven't had a chance yet, but maybe after I have delivered my speech I will have a pint."
Baroness Thatcher's ashes were laid to rest today in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Members of her family including her children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher attended a short church service in the chapel of the central London site before a solid oak casket containing her ashes was placed in the ground.
A headstone bearing the simple inscription "Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013" was being erected on top of her final resting place in the leafy grounds of the hospital.
The country's first female prime minister died aged 87 on April 8.
Mugs with the slogan "I still hate Thatcher" are being sold at the Trades Union Congress conference.
The former Prime Minister died on April 8 this year at the age of 87.
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.