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Thatcher's coffin in Parliament

The body of Baroness Thatcher is in a chapel inside the Houses of Parliament, where a service was held for MPs, peers and parliamentary staff. Her funeral takes place today.

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Funeral dean: Thatcher left legacy of 'hurt and anger'

A senior church figure who will play a central role in Baroness Thatcher's funeral has said Britain has yet to come to terms with the "hurt and anger" felt in some parts of British society as a result of her policies, The Times (£) reported.

The Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Rev Dr David Ison, reportedly said people should ask themselves why the country's first female Prime Minister was still such a controversial figure 23 years after being forced out of office.

The the Dean of St. Paul's , the Very Rev Dr David Ison. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Dr Ison, who will give the bidding at tomorrow's service, made the comments when asked if the funeral of Lady Thatcher was an historic occasion.

"I think it's emblematic of a particular point in British society", he said.

"You have to ask yourself the question why it is 23 years after she left Government, Margaret Thatcher is still such a controversial figure and I think part of the answer is we still haven't come to terms with the hurt and anger many parts of society have felt because of the legacy of her policies".

The dean reportedly made the remarks in an interview with CNN International, which is due to be broadcast today.

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