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Video: Plans for controversial Margaret Thatcher Day

She was loved and loathed in equal measure during her life and now it seems that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is continuing to divide opinion in death.

A group of Tory MPs say they're serious about wanting to rename the late August Bank Holiday "Margaret Thatcher Day". Her admirers say it would be a fitting tribute to the Iron Lady who grew up as a grocer's daughter in Grantham. But today the proposal got a lukewarm reception.

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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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Margaret Thatcher will receive Ceremonial funeral

Downing Street has confirmed that Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be given a Ceremonial funeral:

Downing Street can announce that, with The Queen's consent, Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral. A wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher will be invited.

The service will be followed by a private cremation. All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher's family. Further details will be published over the coming days.

– Downing Street statement
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