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Richmond Conservative Club defends ceremonial funeral for Margaret Thatcher

The Foreign Secretary and Richmond MP, William Hague, was among the two thousand strong congregation to attend Baroness Thatcher's at St Paul's Cathedral.

In his North Yorkshire constituency, members of the local Conservative Club gathered to pay their own respects.

Club President, Oliver Blease, told ITV News that although her leadership had divided the country, it was right Lady Thatcher was given a ceremonial funeral:

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More than 4,000 officers to police Thatcher's funeral

More than 4,000 police officers will be on duty tomorrow for Baroness Thatcher's funeral, Scotland Yard said today.

The Metropolitan Police also revealed that "a small number" of protesters have contacted them to say that they plan to demonstrate during the event.

Police outside St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Police outside St Paul's Cathedral in London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The force is running a joint operation with City of London Police and British Transport Police.

Commander Christine Jones said, "We have been approached by a small number of people planning to protest. We are working with them, and would ask anyone who plans to protest to come forward and speak with us today".

"We will continue to review our intelligence and evidence picture, and although to date no arrests connected to the ceremonial funeral have yet been made, should the need arise to arrest those who are committing acts of crime or violence, or conspiring to do so, we will respond accordingly".

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More than half of Brits will not watch Thatcher funeral

54 percent of those surveyed for the ITV News Index say they are not interested in watching coverage of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

A full dress rehearsal has been held ahead of Baroness Thatcher's funeral. Credit: Press Association

The poll, carried out by ComRes, also found that a third (31%) of those polled disagreed with the statement and 15 percent didn't know.

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