Maude: Thatcher funeral ‘should meet family needs’

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher should be in accordance with what her family wants, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said.

The family have been involved over a long period.

We’ve been concerned throughout that they should be involved and that the arrangements that are made – which obviously involve huge numbers of people and a wide range of organisations - should be in accordance with what the family themselves want.

Although people all around the world and particularly those who knew her well are feeling a loss today, the people who feel the greatest loss are clearly their family.

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