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Cameron leads Thatcher tributes

In the Commons, recalled in special session to mark Thatcher's death, David Cameron led the tributes from MPs to "an extraordinary leader and an extraordinary woman".

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Labour MP: Why I’m boycotting Thatcher debate

John Healey's Yorkshire constituency was hit by coal mine closures. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former housing and Treasury minister John Healey will boycott today’s special session of Parliament to mark the passing of Margaret Thatcher.

In an article for, he said: "Parliament is being used for narrow political gain by the Prime Minister, as a platform for his party's ideology and not just eulogy."

Party leader Ed Miliband had urged his MPs to attend today's session, but Healey is likely to be accompanied in his boycott by John Mann and Ronnie Campbell.

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