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Council leader jokes about Thatcher's funeral

Coventry City Council's leader has joked that his authority should fly a flag bearing a "happy smiling face" to mark Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

The comment in an internal email to Labour colleagues was made by John Mutton, in a debate over whether to lower the Union Flag to half-mast on Wednesday.

The email was sent in error to Conservative councillors. In it it said:

'Apparently, Birmingham have stated that they do not intend to fly the flag at half-mast on the day of the funeral.

"My own view is that I would fly a flag with a happy smiling face on but I would like to know the views of colleagues.

"Would you please let me know your views, if you have any, by Monday at the latest.

– Email from John Mutton, Coventry City Council Leader

The Deputy Leader of Coventry's Conservative Group, John Blundell has described the comments as being 'beneath contempt'.

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