One of the Labour MPs boycotting today's debate in Parliament on Margaret Thatcher said it would have been hypocritical for him to attend.
He said: “It would a bit hypocritical of me to go down to praise Margaret Thatcher when I can’t stand the woman for what she did to the North East, particularly the miners.”
The MP for Blyth Valley added: “People I’ve talked to [in the constituency] all remember what she didn’t do for the North East of England.
“She closed the mines, she closed the shipyards, she killed manufacturing and she replaced it with very little.”
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