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Plaid leader to speak during Assembly Thatcher tributes

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will speak in tomorrow's Assembly session marking the death of Margaret Thatcher. A party source says her contribution will be 'sensitive and respectful' but will set out 'a vision for the future of Wales which is very different to the Thatcherite vision.'

Assembly Members will be given the opportunity to speak about the former Prime Minister in the Senedd chamber before the weekly First Minister's Question session. Former Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas has said he won't attend.


Another Welsh minister to attend Thatcher funeral

Wales Office minister Stephen Crabb has confirmed that he will attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Welsh Secretary David Jones was already confirmed.

From the Assembly, the First Minister Carwyn Jones, Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler and Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies will be at the funeral in St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.

Singers Kathryn Jenkins and Shirley Bassey will also be amongst the mourners. But former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has said he will not be there because he will be at the funeral of a former Islwyn councillor.


Shirley Bassey to attend Thatcher's funeral

Baroness Thatcher and Dame Shirley Bassey at the Queen's Jubilee Arts Party in 2002 Credit: William Conran/PA Archive

Shirley Bassey is to be among the 2,000 guests at the funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher next week.

The Welsh singer was named on the guest list that was revealed today. It includes all her former Cabinet ministers, ex-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

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