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Blyth MP welcomed back to Parliament after cancer battle

The House of Commons has welcomed Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell back to Parliament after his absence due to cancer treatment.

During Prime Minster's questions, the Speaker and the Prime Minister Theresa May both said it was good to see Mr Campbell back in his usual position on the commons' benches.

In September 2016 Campbell underwent chemotherapy for stomach cancer.

He has been the Labour MP for Blyth Valley since 1987.

Liam Sweeney's family to meet PM

The family of a Newcastle United fan killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine are travelling to Downing Street today (July 29).

The family of Liam Sweeney are meeting David Cameron to discuss the progress of the investigation into what happened to flight MH17.

Liam - second from right - with family. Credit: Barry Sweeney

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MPs get reimbursed for travel for Thatcher tributes

Members of Parliament travelling back to the UK from overseas to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher can claim up to £3,750 in travel expenses, it was confirmed today.

MPs are able to claim for their journeys back following the recall of Parliament during the Easter recess, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) says.

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Baroness Thatcher's funeral set to cost '£10 million'

Tributes have been left outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, which is being planned by a special Cabinet Office committee under the name ‘Operation True Blue’, will reportedly cost around £10 million.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude yesterday said MoD, the police, Number 10, Parliamentary authorities, the Thatcher family and the Conservative Party were in involved in planning the ceremony.

It will be the biggest security operation since the Olympics, according to The Sun, as fears mount that protestors could attempt to disrupt proceedings.

The Guardian says the threat of Irish republic terrorists are under the spotlight.

The Independent reports that social media and internet forums are being monitored for potential troublemakers.

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Barack Obama: 'America has lost a true friend'

With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.

As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.

As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.

And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.

Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

– President Barack Obama
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