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MPs join 'Grantham Style' campaign for pro-Thatcher hit

Tory MPs have joined a campaign to get an obscure punk record about Baroness Thatcher to rival 'Ding Dong The Witch is Dead' at the top of the music charts.

Former MP Louise Mensch urged Thatcher supporters to buy the 1979 track 'I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher' by the Notsensibles, using the 'Grantham Style' hashtag:

Ding Dong song enters Irish Top 40

Controversy over Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead has spread to Ireland, where the song has soared into the charts.

The Judy Garland track today became the oldest recording ever to enter the Irish weekly top 40, as it premiered at number 33.

It is one of a number of versions of the song making sales in Ireland since the death of Baroness Thatcher.

RTE, Ireland's state broadcaster, said it will not ban the song.


Ding Dong record currently at No. 3 in charts

The song from the Wizard of Oz has sold thousands of copies since the death of Baroness Thatcher Credit: Reuters

The Ding Dong song from the Wizard of Oz was at number three in the UK charts this morning but could still take top spot.

The record has sold about 12,000 fewer copies than the current chart-topper Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont, with the final sales coming in at midnight tomorrow.

Buying anti-Thatcher Ding Dong song 'very cathartic'

Mark Biddiss, who started a social media campaign to get Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead to number one in the charts, said buying the song was "a very cathartic experience for a lot of people who feel that for many years they haven't been listened to".

He was joined on ITV's Daybreak by former Conservative MP Jonathan Aitken who said the song, which is on course for a place in the top five in Sunday's Offical Chart, was a "pretty feeble form of protest".

Ding Dong song 'poses dilemma for Director General'

'Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead' has jumped to number four in the charts after anti-Thatcher campaigners adopted the song as their anthem in the days following the former Prime Minister's death.

Tony Hall started the £450,000-per-year post at the helm of the BBC last week Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Director General Tony Hall is quoted as saying that while he thinks the campaign to make the song top the charts is "rather tasteless," the choice of whether to play the song on air is for news editors to make.

Supporters of Margaret Thatcher, including former Conservative treasurer Lord McAlpine, have expressed outrage that the possibility is even being considered, saying it is a matter of taste.


Thatcher foe Arthur Scargill reacts to news of her death

Arthur Scargill, one of Margaret Thatcher's greatest domestic foes, has publicly remained silent since her death - but a text message seen by ITV News has revealed his reaction to the news.

Scargill, who led the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984/85 miners strike, exclaimed "SCARGILL ALIVE!" when he received a text that read, "Thatcher's dead".

List of Baroness Thatcher funeral guests released

Sir Trevor McDonald is among those invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. Credit: Press Association

The names of further guests invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher have been released by Number 10. They include:

The First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Falklands veterans

Mark Cann (Director of The British Forces Foundation)

Most Rev John Sentamu

David Frost

Sir Trevor McDonald

Sir Timothy Rice

June Whitfield

Joan Collins

Anya Hindmarch

FW de Klerk to attend Margaret Thatcher funeral

FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, will be attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, as a guest of the Thatcher family, a spokesman for the FW de Klerk foundation has said.

Mr de Klerk, who ordered the release of Mandela and agreed to negotiations that ended apartheid, earlier paid tribute to Lady Thatcher "not only as one of Britain's greatest Prime Ministers but also as a leader whose policies and approach had a significant impact on politics throughout the world".

Former South African President FW de Klerk and his wife Elita. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

"From my first meeting with her in London after my election as leader of the National Party in 1989 and throughout the rest of her tenure as Prime Minister, she gave strong and valued...

"Support to me and to all other leaders who were working for a peaceful, prosperous, and constitutional future for South Africa," he said in a statement.

"We met in the Cape and in London many times after her retirement from office - and before her stroke in 2002. I am honoured to have had Margaret Thatcher as a friend."

Nick Clegg: Thatcher's memory will continue undimmed

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg paid tribute to Thatcher's resoluteness, saying she was a remarkable politician.

"Her memory will no doubt continue to divide opinion and stir deep emotion, but as we as a nation say farewell to a figure who loomed so large, one thing is for sure. The memory of her will continue undimmed, strong and clear for years to come."

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