As it happened: Parliament pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher

Key Points

  • David Cameron says she made "Britain great again" and was very kind to him personally.
  • But Labour leader says Lady Thatcher made the wrong decision on subjects including apartheid.
  • Nick Clegg says it is fair to shun Thatcherism while respecting Lady Thatcher.
  • Many Labour MPs decline to attend the debate.
  • The event lasted for more than six hours
  • Sir Mark Thatcher says his mother had a "long and full life".
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    Hello and welcome to our live coverage as Parliament reconvenes for one day to allow MPs and peers to pay their respects to the former Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday. Politicians from all the main parties will be taking part, as the House of Commons and House of Lords discuss her legacy.

     
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    Politicians will be returning from constituencies and holidays to have their say. Several Labour MPs have described the event as a waste of money, and many are not expected to attend. Party leader Ed Miliband has urged as many as possible to come. In his speech he is expected to outline where he thinks Lady Thatcher, a Conservative, "went wrong" during her 11 years in power, from 1979 to 1990. Yet he is urging MPs who voice criticism of the former prime minister to "show respect".

     
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    The last time Parliament was recalled during a recess was in 2011, following the riots which occurred in the summer across several English cities.

     
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    Up to seven-and-a-half hours of parliamentary time has been granted for the tributes and debate, which start at about 14:30 BST.

     
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    Ahead of the discussions, some details of Lady Thatcher's funeral, next Wednesday, have been released. More than 700 armed forces personnel are to take place in the procession and ceremony.

     
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    Aside from proceedings in Parliament, Baroness Thatcher's son Sir Mark Thatcher will pay tribute to his mother at 14:00 BST.

     
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    One MP who will not be present at the debate is former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He is due to make a long-planned speech in France in his capacity as the UN's global education envoy and was unable to re-arrange his schedule. He has confirmed he and his wife Sarah will be attending Lady Thatcher's funeral.

     
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    Sand sculpture of LAdy Thatcher in Puri, India Beachgoers in Puri, India, have paid their own tribute to Lady Thatcher.
     
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    Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell says the debate is an occasion for "personal reflections" about Lady Thatcher and not "long speeches". He tells the BBC it is "very sad" that some Labour MPs have chosen to boycott the occasion.

     
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    The BBC's Norman Smith says for many Conservatives the debate will be a big "personal and emotional moment". In contrast, he says many Labour MPs feel their communities were "scarred" during the 1980s and have not forgotten this.

     
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    For next week's funeral, former Metropolitan Police officer Steve Roberts says the security services will have provided a "threat assessment" to the police as a matter of routine.

     
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    Mr Roberts tells the BBC that the police will be "carefully monitoring" groups and individuals who might potentially seek to disrupt the funeral, ranging from terrorists to people with personal "grievances".

     
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    Sir Mark Thatcher is now speaking outside the family's London home.

     
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    Sir Mark Thatcher says he is "enormously proud" that the Queen will be attending the funeral and his mother would be "humbled" by her presence.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was blessed by having a "long and full life" but her death was a "very sad" moment, Sir Mark Thatcher says.

     
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    Sir Mark Thatcher thanks people from "all walks of life" for their condolences, saying they are a source of "encouragement and strength".

     
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    Lady Thatcher's son ends his brief statement, adding that he will not be taking questions. He poses for photographs before returning to the family home.

     
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    According to the BBC's Norman Smith, 80 MPs have indicated they want to speak in the debate. This means the proceedings could continue for more than six hours.

     
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    Conservative Eleanor Laing is one of those MPs hoping to "catch the eye" of the Commons Speaker and be called to contribute to the debate. She tells the BBC that Lady Thatcher was a "role model in every way".

     
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    Danny Finkelstein, from the Times, says David Cameron is "usually very good" at these big set-piece occasions. The PM's task, the journalist adds, is "to capture the life of somebody in a way that people recognise".

     
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    Ed Miliband faces a tricky task in how he pitches his comments, Mr Finkelstein adds. The Labour leader has to voice his party's opposition to much of what the former PM did but in a respectful way and not let it "overwhelm" the speech, he adds.

     
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    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says the occasion is "particularly unusual and exciting" but also controversial. Recalls of Parliament normally only happen in the event of a war or a national emergency, he adds.

     
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    Nick Robinson says the Conservative benches will be packed but there will be plenty of gaps on the Labour side - with many of their MPs choosing not to attend.

     
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    Sir Mark Thatcher Sir Mark Thatcher thanked people for their good wishes when he spoke earlier.
     
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    Former Tory minister Edwina Currie tells the BBC's Daily Politics that "the quality of Mrs Thatcher's leadership" is what makes her particularly relevant to the contemporary Conservative Party.

     
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    Labour's former London Mayor Ken Livingstone says Lady Thatcher may have won the economic argument in the 1980s but her agenda has "now fallen apart".

     
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    David Cameron is now on his feet in the Commons.

     
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    Mr Cameron says Lady Thatcher was the only female prime minister in the "long history of our Parliament".

     
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    The prime minister commends the decision to recall Parliament, saying it is right for people to pay their respects.

     
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    Next Wednesday's funeral will be a "fitting tribute" to Lady Thatcher, David Cameron says.

     
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    Lady Thatcher broke through a "thick glass ceiling", Mr Cameron says, describing her as an "extraordinary woman".

     
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    House of Commons as David Cameron began the debate The empty green benches on the right suggest many Labour MPs have decided not to attend
     
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    Lady Thatcher was under "direct personal threat" from the IRA throughout her leadership, Mr Cameron says, and lost two of her closest friends and colleagues - MPs Airey Neave and Ian Gow - to terrorist attacks.

     
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    Peers are also discussing Lady Thatcher. Lord Hill of Oareford says: "I think we all agree she made a huge difference to the country she loved."

     
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    The first lighter note. On a holiday to Cornwall, the prime minister says, Lady Thatcher chose a certain type of clothing, saying she always "preferred wets to dries" - a reference to Tory divisions in the 1980s.

     
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    Mr Cameron praises the support that Denis Thatcher gave to his wife throughout their life together.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was "enormously kind to me personally", David Cameron says.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was a "conviction not a consensus politician", the prime minister tells MPs.

     
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    When Lady Thatcher came to power in 1979, the economy was largely state-controlled and the "air was thick was defeatism", Mr Cameron argues.

     
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    Mr Cameron recalls a job interview Lady Thatcher had with ICI in the 1940s when she was described as "headstrong, obstinate and self opinionated". This brings laughter from MPs.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was the "finest" parliamentarian of her time, Mr Cameron says, recalling an early job when he used to prepare material for her Commons appearances.

     
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    Lady Thatcher's foreign policy was "rooted in clear principles", David Cameron says, adding that the former prime minister "loathed communism".

     
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    Reflecting on the Falklands War, Mr Cameron says the "sun will shine on freedom" in the islands, thanks to Lady Thatcher.

     
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    Lady Thatcher "made the political weather" and many of her policies are now "an accepted part of the political landscape", the prime minister says.

     
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    Mr Cameron says it is right that Lady Thatcher has a statue in the lobby of the House of Commons, alongside Lloyd George, Churchill and Attlee.

     
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    The prime minister concludes his speech by saying that Lady Thatcher made "Britain great again".

     
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    Labour leader Ed Miliband begins his remarks by saying that Lady Thatcher "broke the mould" at every stage in her life.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was willing to take on the "established orthodoxies" in all aspects of her life, Mr Miliband tells the Commons.

     
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    Whatever their disagreements, Mr Miliband says, Lady Thatcher's beliefs were "rooted in people's everyday lives". She also believed that "ideology mattered", he adds.

     
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    Lady Thatcher "defined the politics of an entire generation" and influenced "generations to come", the Labour leader says.

     
  51.  
    1452: Nicholas Watt

    tweets: Lady Thatcher a polarising figure + a divisive figure whose name can raise anger - Jan Royall Labour leader in lords

     
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    Ed Miliband lists the areas where he agreed with Lady Thatcher: on the need for change in the economy, reducing state ownership, encouraging aspiration and in a strong foreign policy.

     
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    Mr Miliband moves on to his "deep disagreements" with Lady Thatcher, saying mining communities felt "angry and abandoned" while the former PM had made the "wrong judgement" about Nelson Mandela and apartheid.

     
  54.  
    1455: Paul Waugh

    tweets: As @torcuil points out, quite a few empty seats on benches in public gallery too for #Thatcher tributes session.

     
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    Mr Miliband suggests that Section 28 introduced by the Thatcher government had "stigmatised" the gay and lesbian community.

     
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    Ed Miliband pays tribute to how Lady Thatcher coped with ill health and frailty in her later years.

     
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    The Labour leader concludes by saying Lady Thatcher was a "towering and unique figure" in British politics.

     
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    1458: Sarah Wollaston MP

    tweets: Great tribute from @david_cameron 'she made our country great again' 'Cometh the hour, cometh the woman'

     
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    Nick Clegg, as some expected, is not speaking next. Instead it is former Welsh Secretary John Redwood who suggests that Lady Thatcher was the "best boss" he ever had in politics, when he worked as her policy adviser in the 1980s.

     
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    John Redwood says Thatcherite policies, such as the sell-off of council houses, resonated throughout society and extended opportunity to people from lower-income backgrounds.

     
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    1501: James Chapman, Daily Mail

    tweets: Cameron, very close to tears: 'They say cometh the hour, cometh the man. Well in 1979 came the hour, and came the Lady' #Thatcher

     
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    The Rt Rev John Pritchard said " some of us wished the lady on some occasions had been for turning".

     
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    John Redwood says Thatcherite policies - promoting competition, new ideas, and empowering people - contributed to changes in eastern Europe - adding that one of her greatest legacies was the "tumbling of the Berlin Wall".

     
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    Nick Clegg is now speaking. He says he "thought long and hard" about what to say, given his background as Lib Dem leader and an MP in Sheffield.

     
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    1504: David Cameron

    tweets: My tribute to Lady Thatcher - who gave Britain back its self belief: bit.ly/153BKBv

     
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    Nick Clegg says it is fair to "shun the tenets of Thatcherism" but still respect her personal achievements.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was a "complex" politician and far from the "cardboard cut-out figure" often portrayed in the media, Nick Clegg says. She was both traditional and iconoclastic and had a "deep aversion to the status quo", he tells MPs.

     
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    Mr Clegg said there were paradoxes in Lady Thatcher's policies - pointing out that she was an Atlanticist yet presided over a period of closer integration with the European Union.

     
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    1507: Robin Brant

    tweets: Genuinely good natured exchange of smiles between ed mili and Cameron, so far.

     
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    Mr Clegg suggests that Lady Thatcher was unconcerned about what the media thought about her and wonders how she would have coped in the era of 24-hour news.

     
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    1510: Ross Hawkins

    tweets: ‏Lib Dem Lord McNally: those Lady Thatcher sacked, promoted, defeated, berated must make up a goodly number of this house

     
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    The Lib Dem leader concludes his short remarks by saying "the light will not dim" on Lady Thatcher's personal achievements.

     
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    Democratic Unionist Party MP Nigel Dodds is now speaking. He suggests Lady Thatcher became "increasingly disillusioned" with the Anglo-Irish Agreement she signed in 1985.

     
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    Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind recalls that he served in Lady Thatcher's governments for 11 years, half of them in the cabinet. It was "never dull", he jokes.

     
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    LORDS: Conservative Lord Joplin, who was in Lady Thatcher's shadow cabinet in the 1970s, remembers how she asked if any of her MPs were alone alone at Christmas, and how she would ask them to visit her.

     
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    Sir Malcolm Rifkind says it was a "parody" to suggest that Lady Thatcher was intolerant of people who disagreed with her. In fact, she was intolerant of people whose thinking and arguments were "woolly".

     
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    1516: Guido Fawkes

    tweets: Excellent tribute from @ed_miliband, rose to the occasion.

     
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    1517: Robert Halfon MP

    tweets: Very special time in Commons as both PM & Ed Milliband make magnificent speeches about Margaret Thatcher recognising her contribution to GB.

     
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    Lady Thatcher's innate radicalism meant people were entitled to question whether she was a truly a Conservative, Sir Malcolm Rifkind says. But he says she recognised that, to stay the same, often things need to change.

     
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    LORDS: Crossbencher Lord Armstrong sof Ilminster says: "She was nothing if not feminine."

     
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    1520: Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News

    tweets: Hard speech for @ed_miliband to make - he's judged the mood and his supporters' mood well

     
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    The Foreign Office was not Lady Thatcher's favourite department and the prime minister often seemed at odds with her government's own policy, Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests.

     
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    Cross-bencher Lord Armstrong of Ilminster says Lady Thatcher was a "glutton" for hard work.

     
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    On Lady Thatcher's relationship with US President Ronald Reagan, Sir Malcolm Rifkind says Mr Reagan would not have accepted her advice that he could "do business" with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev from many people.

     
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    1524: Paul Waugh, Politics Home

    tweets: Cable + Davey sitting on LD frontbench not Govt frontbench. Only LD on Govt frontbench (if u don't count Ken Clarke) is Danny Alexander.

     
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    Lady Thatcher was prepared to stand up to America on occasions, Sir Malcolm Rifkind says, citing the occasion when she rang President Reagan to berate him for not informing her in advance about the invasion of Grenada.

     
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    1525: Kiran Stacey, Political Correspondent The FT

    tweets: House starting to get restless during Redwood speech. Solemn atmos starting to break.

     
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    1526: John Rentoul, Columnist, The Independent

    tweets: Not such good tone from Nick Clegg. "She's not here eyeballing us." #thatcher

     
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    Lady Thatcher "gave no quarter and asked for none either", Sir Malcolm Rifkind says. He concludes by recalling how he hitch-hiked down to London as a 18-year old to attend Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

     
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    Another of Lady Thatcher's former ministers is now speaking. Peter Lilley says that, in contrast to public perceptions of her image, Lady Thatcher was "kind, diplomatic and cautious".

     
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    Lady Thatcher would often back off when she realised she had "bitten off more than she could chew" or postpone a likely confrontation to a more convenient time, Peter Lilley tells MPs.

     
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    LORDS: Former Conservative Leader Lord Howard of Lympne says that when Lady Thatcher became prime minister Britain seemed in terminal decline.

     
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    SDLP MP Alastair McDonnell is now speaking in the Commons. He suggests Lady Thatcher's policy in Northern Ireland caused "great pain, hurt and distress". Her attitude to hunger strikers in the early 1980s "polarised moderate opinion", he adds.

     
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    LORDS: Former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon says there can be no doubt that she restored our position in the world.

     
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    Turning on critics of Lady Thatcher, Peter Lilley says those "proved wrong" by her had "transferred their hatred" onto her. He suggests that none of her major policy achievements have been reversed since 1990 and her "legacy unites us all".

     
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    1543: Mark Reckless, Conservative MP

    tweets: Well done to Ed Miliband as well as PM for meeting the moment. Thank you to those Labour MPs who have come. Nick Clegg less said the better.

     
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    LORDS: Former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown says Lady Thatcher had a passionate commitment to freedom but adds that "hubris" led to her downfall in 1990.

     
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    1544: James Chapman, Political Editor, The Daily Mail

    tweets: Muttering on all sides. House not happy with Clegg's 'not simply heroine or villain' theme #thatcher

     
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    1545: Robin Brant, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Seems Clegg was heckled by Tory minister Esther McVey

     
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    Tory MP Conor Burns, a close confidant of Lady Thatcher in her later years, says that Monday was a "day we were all dreading in recent months and years". He says feels a "deep sense of personal loss" at her death.

     
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    1547: Norman Smith, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: DUP's Nigel Dodds condemns "ghoulish" celebration parties for Lady #Thatcher death as "obscene"

     
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    LORDS: Conservative Lord Tebbit says only two post-war prime ministers changed Britain in the way they wished: Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher.

     
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    Tory MP Conor Burns recalls a campaign visit Lady Thatcher made with him in 2001. Talking to the boss of a gym chain, he recalls the former PM saying that this kind of exercise was worthless since going "up and down stairs was quite good enough".

     
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    1549: Labour MP Seema Malhotra

    tweets: Witty and personal contribution from Sir Malcolm Rifkind in #Thatcher debate - very packed chamber.

     
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    1549: Torcuil Crichton, Editor, Daily Record Westminster

    tweets: New gold specs for Malcolm Rifkind as he riffs on Thatcher's sense of humour. He's doing a Gove.

     
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    1550: Janan Ganesh, Political columnist, The FT

    tweets: If Clegg is a liberal he must think this country was better in 1990 than 1979. Why not just say so? Why just respect her for having beliefs?

     
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    LORDS: Crossbencher Lord May of Oxford says Lady Thatcher promoted science and science advice in government.

     
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    1552: Paul Waugh, Editor of PoliticsHome.com

    tweets: Great stuff from Sir Malcolm Rifkind on Thatcher. So refreshing when MPs speak without notes. New intake cd learn something..

     
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    LORDS: Conservative forer cabinet minister Lord Tebbit says he is grateful for the support Lady Thatcher gave to he and his wife after they were badly injured in the Brighton bomb, and for allowing him to carry on in his role even though he was in a hospital bed for three months.

     
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    1553: Ross Hawkins, BBC Political Correspondent ‏

    tweets: Lord Armstrong (cabinet sec under Mrs Thatcher): she was nothing if not feminine

     
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    LORDS: Lord Tebbit says that Lady Thatcher never asked him to commission a focus group, and relied on her "conviction" instead.

     
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    Sir Malcolm Rifkind earlier posed the question of whether, given her radicalism, Lady Thatcher was actually a conservative. Fellow Tory Burns gives his own answer, suggesting that she was a "laissez-faire Gladstonian liberal" rather than a Tory. He directs the comment to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.

     
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    Sir Gerald Kaufman, the first Labour backbencher to speak, describes Lady Thatcher as his "old adversary" and says that many of her policies were "anathema" to him and his colleagues.

     
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    Lady Thatcher "provoked, prepared for and won" the dispute with the miners in the mid-1980s, Sir Gerald Kaufman says, but suggests that she was aided and abetted by the "stupidity" of union leader Arthur Scargill.

     
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    1556: Michael Fabricant MP

    tweets: The best speech so far about MT given by Sir Malcolm Rifkind who served as both Foreign and Defence Secretary.

     
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    LORDS: Lord Tebbit says that it was a triumph that Lady Thatcher polled more votes at her third election victory than at her first.

     
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    LORDS: Labour's Lord Soley says it would have been possible to bring about some of the changes that were necessary in the Thatcher era without the "conflict" which occurred.

     
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    Despite their political differences, Labour's Sir Gerald Kaufman commends Lady Thatcher for being "punctilious and cordial" in their personal relations and always remaining "accessible" to the public despite her election victories.

     
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    LORDS: Labour's Lord Soley says Lady Thatcher's phrase "the enemy within" fragmented society in a way that was "deeply unsatisfactory".

     
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    Sir Gerald Kaufman recalls Lady Thatcher's "bravery" in the wake of the 1984 Brighton Bomb. He also praises her foreign policy, contrasting her decision to send a taskforce to recapture the Falklands with attempts by Labour MPs to "water down their response" to the Argentine invasion.

     
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    1602: Telegraph Politics

    tweets: Ed Miliband's tribute to Margaret Thatcher was perfectly judged: moving, eloquent, generous without fawning tgr.ph/14buV19

     
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    Sir Gerald Kaufman ends his contribution with a joke - recalling that in her later years Lady Thatcher told him that she approved of an article he wrote about the need to combat pornography so much that she carried it around in her famous handbag. This brings smiles from all around the House, including David Cameron.

     
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    1605: Jon Craig, Sky News

    tweets: Michael Howard in Lords hit back at claims that Thatcher was divisive. "She was!" he said. "She had to be! There was no room for consensus."

     
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    1606: Rowena Mason, Political correspondent, The Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Lord Ashdown says Margaret Thatcher had a passionate commitment to freedom, which he shd have welcomed more at the time

     
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    A groundhog moment in the Commons. One Sir Gerald (Kaufman) is followed by another (Howarth). The Conservative (Howarth)chides Labour for opposing privatisation in the 1980s, claiming they would not now be speaking on mobile phones if it was not for the Conservative prime minister's decision to sell BT.

     
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    LORDS: Lib Dem Baroness Williams of Crosby says that "from the very beginning she knew what she wanted to do".

     
  127.  
    1609: Robert Hutton, Bloomberg

    tweets: Have we heard from a woman yet?

     
  128.  
    1610: YouGov

    tweets: YouGov's @joetwyman on the public opinion story behind #Thatcher's rise, fall and enduring legacy - y-g.co/YcQiY5

     
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    LORDS: Lib Dem Baroness Williams of Crosby says Lady Thatcher would not have wanted to be "sanctified".

     
  130.  
    1612: Jon Craig, Sky News

    tweets: Paddy Ashdown in Lords paid tribute to Thatcher courage. "She was frightened of nothing," he said. Generous tribute from ex LibDem leader.

     
  131.  
    1612: Zac Goldsmith MP

    tweets: Privilege to be in the House to hear tone perfect tributes to MT from @david_cameron & @ed_miliband. Malcolm Rifkind superb.

     
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    LORDS: Lib Dem Baroness Williams of Crosby says Lady Thatcher "was one of the most remarkable prime ministers" of the twentieth century.

     
  133.  
    1614: Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor

    tweets: Nick Clegg looked and sounded as if he'd like to be anywhere but speaking alongside a Tory PM

     
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    Lady Thatcher never lost a general election, Sir Gerald Howarth notes, and her fall caused the Conservatives great damage. Praising her achievements, he says: "Let no-one deny her the pomp and circumstance of next week's funeral."

     
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    LORDS: Conservative Lord Fowler says Lady Thatcher had the "confidence" and "self belief" not only to surround herself with people who agreed with her.

     
  136.  
    1617: Tim Ross, Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Cameron does well to rock around laughing as Conor Burns does a star turn relaying Lady #Thatcher's withering verdict on her successors.

     
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    Lady Thatcher is praised for her "extraordinary elegance". Recalling a 4am sitting of the House of Commons, Tory Sir Gerald Howarth says many MPs were a "bit drunk" and had a "lot of stubble", but she appeared "without a hair out of place".

     
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    1619: Norman Smith, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Paddy Ashdown says Lady #Thatcher restored UKs position in the world

     
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    LORDS: Conservative Lord Fowler says the Falklands victory was a tribute to the "consistency, determination and courage" of Lady Thatcher.

     
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    It is turn of veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher in the Commons. He praises Ed Miliband's "dignified and measured" contribution and says change was needed in the late 1970s and the economic situation then could not be allowed to "go on".

     
  141.  
    1623: Tom McTague, Political Correspondent, The Daily Mirror

    tweets: Cameron gives Conor Burns a thumbs up for his speech

     
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    Baroness Williams Long-time opponent Baroness Williams paid tribute to Lady Thatcher.
     
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    Labour's Michael Meacher makes the most sustained attack yet on the legacy of the Thatcher era, accusing her of a "scorched earth policy" in pursuing economic and social change.

     
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    LORDS: Conservative Lord Waddington calls Lady Thatcher "absolutely free of self-importance".

     
  145.  
    1627: Kirean Stacey, Political Correspondent, The FT

    tweets: Tebbit finishes his tribute to Thatcher by saying he regrets "leaving her at the mercy of her friends".

     
  146.  
    1628: Conservative MP Nicky Morgan

    tweets: Some really brilliant speeches about Baroness Thatcher in the House of Commons this afternoon: Malcolm Rifkind, Gerald Kaufman & Conor Burns

     
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    Labour's Michael Meacher says many of society's problems are attributable to decisions taken in the 1980s. While commending Lady Thatcher's sense of conviction, he says this needs to be "tempered by generosity and magnanimity" if true greatness is to be achieved.

     
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    LORDS: Crossbencher Lord Williamson of Horton says Lady Thatcher was "never in the half light, always in the full light of events".

     
  149.  
    1631: Guido Fawkes

    tweets: Regrets? Lord Tebbit has few, and one of them is Quote of the Day: bit.ly/14XleCHGuido Fawkes @GuidoFawkes

     
  150.  
    1632:

    Conservative former cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan says we "may not see the like of Lady Thatcher again in our lifetime".

     
  151.  
    1640:

    Shadow health minister Diane Abbott argues there was "another side to the glories" of the Thatcher era proclaimed by Conservative MPs. The voices of those left behind and marginalised deserve to be heard, she adds.

     
  152.  
    1641: Tim Shipman, Deputy Political Editor, Daily Mail

    tweets: Shirley Williams: 'There's a great danger we sanctify Mrs T. She wouldn't have wanted that at all. She relished confrontation.'

     
  153.  
    1643:

    Conservative Tony Baldry focuses his remarks on Lady Thatcher's relations with the European Union. On a personal note, he reflects that the former prime minister was always the "best prepared person in any room".

     
  154.  
    1643: Tim Ross

    tweets: Gerald Kaufman was eloquent, dignified, and funny all in one speech. Some of the old guard are showing their pedigree today. #Thatcher.Tim Ross @TimRossDT

     
  155.  
    1644:

    Tony Baldry, the Tory MP for Banbury, Oxfordshire, says it "reflects badly" on Oxford University that the former prime minister was never awarded an honorary degree.

     
  156.  
    1647:

    LORDS: Conservative Lord King of Bridgwater says Lady Thatcher's "determination" decided the outcome of both the Falklands war and the miners' strike.

     
  157.  
    1647: Nick de Bois MP

    tweets: @benatipsosmori competence above popularity - what the electorate want - lesson in that

     
  158.  
    1648: Isabel Oakeshott, Political Editor, The Sunday Times

    tweets: An impressive,measured speech by @hackneyabbott . "Gentle" reminder about the victims of the "Titanic struggles" Thatcher fought

     
  159.  
    1649:

    Labour's David Winnick says it would be hypocritical for critics of Lady Thatcher's policies in the 1980s to resile from speaking out now. He tempers this by saying his criticism is "political not personal".

     
  160.  
    1650:

    David Winnick says many people in their fifties never worked again after losing their jobs in the 1980s and that relative poverty more than doubled. Thatcherite policies were "highly damaging" and caused "huge pain and suffering among ordinary people", he argues.

     
  161.  
    1652: Robin Brant, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: diane abbott says 'history is written by the victors' but 'those of us who came of age' in 80's 'know there was another side to that era.Robin Brant ‏@robindbrant8m

     
  162.  
    1654:

    Conservatives MPs do not like David Winnick's reference to the government's "brutal indifference" to people's suffering during the 1980s - some urge him to "sit down" and one intervenes to say he lost his job at the time but bounced back and launched his own business.

     
  163.  
    1656:

    Laughter from the Conservative benches as David Winnick says Lady Thatcher was a "decisive" prime minister but quickly corrects himself and says "divisive".

     
  164.  
    1657:

    LORDS: The crossbench former BBC director-general Lord Birt praises Lady Thatcher for addressing the "toxic inheritance", but notes that her reforms came at "high social cost". He says that she "offered her successors the chance to build a new Jerusalem".

     
  165.  
    1658:

    Conservative John Whittingdale, Lady Thatcher's former parliamentary private secretary, says those who worked for the former PM were motivated by tremendous loyalty. He praises her "inspiration, warmth and compassion".

     
  166.  
    1659:

    John Whittingdale acknowledges Lady Thatcher was a controversial and divisive figure in the eyes of some but suggests this was inevitable given the scale of challenges that the country faced at the time.

     
  167.  
    1700: Tim Shipman, Deputy Political Editor, Daily Mail

    tweets: Geoffrey Howe has now left. Looks like he won't be sharing his thoughts after all

     
  168.  
    1702:

    Lady Thatcher was resented by many in her own party because of her gender, social background and "ideological certainty", Tory John Whittingdale suggests.

     
  169.  
    1704: Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets Lord Birt recalls a younger Margaret Thatcher as a "tentative and nervous interviewee"

     
  170.  
    1707:

    An interesting footnote on Lady Thatcher's life in Downing Street. John Whittingdale says she spent six or seven hours every week preparing for Prime Minister's Questions which, in the 1980s, took place twice a week.

     
  171.  
    1708:

    LORDS: Conservative Baroness Trumpington pays tribute to Lady Thatcher's kindness while David Cameron looks on approvingly from the bar of the House.

     
  172.  
    1710:

    Veteran Labour MP - and Oscar-winning actress - Glenda Jackson is recalling what was life was like for her north London constituents under Thatcherism. "Grim" and "Hogarthian", she says.

     
  173.  
    1711: Paul Waugh

    tweets: Most discordant notes of the day. Lab David Winnick and Tory MP David Morris clash over the way unemployed treated.

     
  174.  
    1713:

    Tory MP Tony Baldry steps in to reprimand Labour's Glenda Jackson for "denigrating" Baroness Thatcher in what he says is meant to be a session for tributes.

     
  175.  
    1714:

    LORDS: Labour's Lord Bhattacharyya draws attention to the "bleak" state of British industry when Lady Thatcher came to power, and says that she gave British business the "freedom" it needed to prosper.

     
  176.  
    1714:

    Commons Speaker Bercow overrules Mr Baldry, saying Ms Jackson has not used un-Parliamentary language in saying Baroness Thatcher was "a woman, but not on my terms".

     
  177.  
    1717: Tim Shipman

    tweets: ‏Whole House of Lords now wondering why the hell we are listening to John Birt when Forsyth, Young, Lamont, Waldegrave, Saatchi still waiting

     
  178.  
    1718:

    Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, is keen to set the record straight about Lady Thatcher's reputation in the North of England, pointing out that many Tory MPs were elected in that part of the world when she was in power.

     
  179.  
    1719: Robin Brant, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweet: opposition benches now almost empty in Thatcher recall debate.

     
  180.  
    1721:

    LORDS: Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lamont argues that job losses in manufacturing during Lady Thatcher's time in power were part of a European trend, and cannot fairly be blamed on her policies.

     
  181.  
    1722:

    Frank Field - one of Lady Thatcher's friends on the Labour benches - says she thought low taxation would lead to a new era of philanthropy.

     
  182.  
    1723:

    Frank Field is reflecting on what Baroness Thatcher would make of tax avoidance by multi-nationals. She would want to do something about it, reckons the Labour MP.

     
  183.  
    1724: Ed Miliband

    tweets: Today was an important opportunity to commemorate the life and contribution of Margaret Thatcher. bbc.in/YLjgSz+

     
  184.  
    1727: Amy Watterson, London

    emails: Margaret Thatcher was a great woman, she was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed. Her death is a national loss.

     
  185.  
    1730:

    Labour's Frank Field is reminiscing about his friend Lady Thatcher's decisive approach to leadership and her "hugely impressive" voting record in the Commons. She would not have wanted her record to be treated like "tablets of stone" as she relished debate, says the Labour MP. "What mattered to her was ideas... I mourn her passing."

     
  186.  
    1731: Ian, Bolton

    emails: Sycophantic tosh from all sides. Three cheers for the MPs who stayed away from this sickening charade.

     
  187.  
    1732:

    Frank Field is one of the few Labour MPs left in the chamber, but there are plenty of Conservatives still waiting to pay their tribute to the Iron Lady.

     
  188.  
    1732: Jake Stoyle, Manchester

    emails: It takes a death before Politicians can discuss an issue with grace, care, politeness and respect.

     
  189.  
    1733:

    Baroness Thatcher was "like a mother" to young female politicians in the Conservative Party, says Tory Eleanor Laing, dispensing valuable advice and support.

     
  190.  
    1734:

    LORDS: Conservative Lord Forsyth of Drumlean praises Lady Thatcher's "feel and affection" for "ordinary folk".

     
  191.  
    1735: BBC UGC Hub

    Glenda Jackson is trending on Twitter, here are a selection of tweets:

    Owen Jones ‏@OwenJones84 50s

    Good on Glenda Jackson for smashing the Thatcherism love fest, and telling the truth about the social devastation unleashed in the 1980s

    Peter Mannion 'MP' ‏@PeterMannionMP 15m

    Glenda Jackson is not going to get an Oscar for this bitter and graceless speech. #ThatcherGlenda Jackson is trending on Twitter, here are a selection of tweets:

     
  192.  
    1736:

    "Here was a lady that was tougher than any man but she never lost her femininity," says Tory MP Eleanor Laing.

     
  193.  
    1737: Tom Newton Dunn

    tweets: Withering criticism of #Thatcher by Glenda Jackson. "A woman? Not on my terms".

     
  194.  
    1739:

    Labour's Kevin Barron speaks out about the "poverty and hardship" suffered by miners during the 1984-5 strike. The Thatcher government could have brought the dispute to an end, he tells MPs.

     
  195.  
    1740:

    LORDS: Conservative Lord Waldegrave of North Hill praises Lady Thatcher for recognising that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was someone "we could do business with".

     
  196.  
    1741:

    Back to Conservative tributes now, after Kevin Barron's mildly critical comments. Christopher Chope stresses Lady Thatcher's compassion - a common theme of Tory MPs' speeches.

     
  197.  
    1741: politicshomeuk

    tweets: Lord Lamont says he was "shocked and saddened by some of the comments made outside the House" about the death of Lady Thatcher.

     
  198.  
    1745: Robin Brant, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: frank field - in quite a stunning revelation - asked thatcher what her greatest regret was and she told him...

     
  199.  
    1748:

    Labour MP Gisela Stuart strikes a very different tone to Glenda Jackson, praising Baroness Thatcher for "kicking open the doors" for women in politics on all sides, including Labour.

     
  200.  
    1751: Paul Waugh, Editor, PoliticsHome.com

    tweets: Glenda hasn't had this many plaudits since she won her Oscars. Lotsa praise frm Labour Twitterati for coruscating anti-Mrs T speech

     
  201.  
    1752:

    LORDS: Labour's Lord Robertson of Port Ellen argues that the way in which Scottish industry suffered "clouded the memory" of Lady Thatcher.

     
  202.  
    1754:

    Labour MP Gisela Stuart is sounding rather Thatcherite, praising the liberating role of the free market, prompting Tory calls of "come over to this side". Thatcher was a "defining figure" but it will take a long time for her true impact to be understood, she adds.

     
  203.  
    1756: Andy Slaughter MP

    tweets: Tory MPs barracking and heckling Glenda Jackson and David Winnick for mild criticisms of Thatcher. Childish and undemocratic.

     
  204.  
    1801:

    Baroness Thatcher loved a debate. Sir Paul Beresford is the latest Tory MP to recall fiery policy discussions with the former PM. She would change her mind though if the argument was strong enough.

     
  205.  
    Robin Brant, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: BBC reports that RMT leader bob crow has told BBC london radio that thatcher can 'rot in hell'.

     
  206.  
    Louise Mensch ex-Tory MP

    tweets: Let me know what "your terms" of being a woman are, Glenda Jackson MP, so I can be sure to comply #SaidNoOneEver

     
  207.  
    1804: Nick Robinson Political editor

    Why today's political leaders are all Thatcher's children: whether they like it or not: http://bbc.in/Yd6YP7

     
  208.  

    LORDS: Conservative Lord Deben says Lady Thatcher knew that you won things by taking them on one by one and winning them one by one. He says that she avoided "headline grabbing" initiatives, because they don't work.

     
  209.  
    Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP

    tweets: Thoughtful speeches from Gisela Stuart MP and Frank Field MP in Thatcher debate. Both good eggs. #Thatcher

     
  210.  

    Labour MP Barry Sheerman can understand why some people "loathed" Thatcher, but they had also been let down by a Labour opposition which could not "get its act together" to defeat her, he tells MPs.

     
  211.  
    James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph deputy political editor and blogger

    tweets: Speaker says 48 MPs still waiting to speak in Thatcher debate. With a 10pm cut-off, that means max 5 mins each.

     
  212.  
    Patrick Wintour, political editor of the Guardian

    tweets: "She had beautiful hands and lovely ankles". John Gummer. There have been some special speeches, but this suggests four hours is enough.

     
  213.  

    Baroness Thatcher's successor as MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Conservative Mike Freer, is telling MPs how she helped constituents with ordinary household problems and was "far from the heartless caricature" seen in the media.

     
  214.  
    1819:

    LORDS: Labour Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde says that the public perception of Lady Thatcher was not as warm as some of the tributes that have been paid in the house. She criticises Lady Thatcher's uses of the phrase "the enemy within" as divisive. She also notes the brutality with which Lady Thatcher was deposed as Conservative leader by her own party.

     
  215.  
    Mark Haynes, Canterbury, Kent

    emails: The miners that were can bemoan the loss of their jobs but at that time it was cheaper to source coal from abroad and the mining industry was non-profit making. Why do miners think Lady Thatcher or indeed the British public owe them a living?

     
  216.  
    1821:

    Commons: Labour's Paul Flynn says Lady Thatcher had many virtues but "modesty" was not one of them, recalling that he asked her in a parliamentary question to list her failures and the answer was "surprisingly brief".

     
  217.  
    Dan Hodges, Glenda Jackson's son

    tweets: Might write a pice tomorrow demanding Ed withdraws the whip from my mum. Just to mess with his head...

     
  218.  
    1827:

    Commons: Veteran left-winger, and Thatcher critic, Paul Flynn is surprisingly generous in his praise, saying she was one of the two best post-war prime ministers. Like Clement Atlee, he said she made up her mind without being influenced by "pressure, prejudice or perception".

     
  219.  

    LORDS: The Conservative Lord Hamilton of Epsom talks about how Lady Thatcher "loved to row", but never harboured any feelings of bitterness against those who stood up to her.

     
  220.  
    1829:

    LORDS: Conservative Lord MacGregor praises her "great courage" and "conviction".

     
  221.  
    1830:

    COMMONS: Paul Flynn says Lady Thatcher remained in office too long and was brought down partly by her own sense of invincibility. He also makes a plea for the Commons to remember British personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001, suggesting the UK's desire to "punch above its weight" had had tragic consequences.

     
  222.  
    Mading De Manyok, South Sudan

    emails: Lady Thatcher leadership inspires many people around the world. So, she deserves much respect, and her inspiration will live forever in our hearts. R.I.P Thatcher

     
  223.  

    COMMONS: Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes says Lady Thatcher was one of "most strong and determined leaders" that the country has had, praising her strength over the Falklands, the Cold War and the threat from terrorism. There is a "but" coming, however...

     
  224.  

    COMMONS: Lady Thatcher was right to take on the "over-mighty" unions, Simon Hughes continues, but was wrong to do it in a way which "decimated" much of the country's manufacturing base. Ditto the sale of council houses which was a good idea but wrong not to allow councils to build replacements.

     
  225.  
    1836:

    LORDS: Conservative Lord Hamilton talks about how Lady Thatcher never read the press criticism of her, relying instead on a daily summary of the newspapers prepared for her by Bernard Ingham. He draws draws an unfavourable comparison with John Major, who would read every unflattering thing written about him.

     
  226.  
    1838:

    COMMONS: Simon Hughes also takes issue with Lady Thatcher's record on Europe, inequality and housing but concludes, in a measured contribution to the debate, that she will remain a "respected figure" for a long time to come.

     
  227.  
    1840:

    COMMONS: Labour's David Lammy says as a teenager growing up on a housing estate in London, he was "quite scared" by much of what Lady Thatcher said and did. But 30 years later, he says his attitude has changed a bit.

     
  228.  
    Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome.com

    tweets: Ex printers union leader Baroness Dean says 'regrettable' that 'this quite remarkable woman' didn't produce more women MPs in her own party

     
  229.  
    1842:

    LORDS: The Labour peer Lord Gilbert says that luck played a part in Lady Thatcher's career, and that she became Conservative leader at the right time: "Anybody leading the Tory party would have won the 1979 election. We created Margret Thatcher in that sense".

     
  230.  
    1843:

    COMMONS: Labour's David Lammy says he admires a politician with conviction and Lady Thatcher was at the epicentre of a economic revolution in the 1980s which did benefit many people. There is a big "however" on its way, he adds...

     
  231.  
    1846:

    COMMONS: Many people in the most deprived parts of the country had a "desperate time" during Lady Thatcher's time in power and there was "tremendous suffering" in Northern cities areas of London like Tottenham, says its MP David Lammy.

     
  232.  
    1848:

    COMMONS: Tory Charles Walker makes perhaps the briefest contribution of the day so far, saying he did not know Lady Thatcher but she had love of her country "emblazoned on her heart". He wraps up in less than a minute. Obviously taking Speaker Bercow's "four minute warning" to heart.

     
  233.  
    1850:

    COMMONS: Labour's David Anderson, a former miner from the North-East of England, launches a blistering attack on Lady Thatcher's record during the miners' strike, saying communities had been "cast aside like a pair of pit boots".

     
  234.  
    1851:

    COMMONS: David Anderson accuses Lady Thatcher of a "lack of empathy, intransigence and a failure to see the other side" during the year long miners' dispute.

     
  235.  
    1853:

    COMMONS: Labour's David Anderson hints that there may be demonstrations in mining communities during Lady Thatcher's funeral, as "bitterness" and anger about her time in power is still running high.

     
  236.  
    Labour MP Sharon Hodgson

    tweets: Wow moved to tears by Dave Anderson's excellent speech just now - talked with passion and emotion about effect on our mining communities

     
  237.  
    1901:

    COMMONS: Stick thin Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie - chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards that has been in the headlines so much recently - recalls Lady Thatcher's straight-talking style. "You're too thin," she told him at their first meeting before urging him to eat two puddings at dinner.

     
  238.  
    Labour MP John Healey

    tweets: @pogasurus: @tinglepolitics What a waste of time this Tory PR exercise is! >Commons tributes: Churchill 47 mins; Thatcher 7+ hours

     
  239.  
    1903:

    COMMONS: Some mild criticism of Lady Thatcher from Tory MP Andrew Tyrie. He says some of her reforms were "painful" and she showed a "touch of hubris" in her later years - before adding that this is common for prime ministers in power a long time.

     
  240.  
    1905:

    COMMONS: Andrew Tyrie says Labour claims that Lady Thatcher sowed the seeds of the current banking crisis was implausible and she was resolutely "on the side of the consumer and the taxpayer".

     
  241.  
    1907:

    COMMONS: Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Philip Davis speaks of his "utter contempt" for the Conservative MPs who ousted Lady Thatcher in 1990.

     
  242.  
    Conservative MP Tracey Crouch

    tweets: Have listened to some fascinating & personal tributes to Baroness Thatcher in both the Commons & Lords today. Parliament at its best

     
  243.  
    Tom Downes, Liverpool

    emails: As a nation we are still paying the price of her legacy. It was her policy that justified the advancement of greed and the accumulation of wealth at any cost that ultimately led to greedy banks being bailed out by us the tax payers.

     
  244.  
    Kane, Weston-Super-Mare

    emails: Politicians have no idea what life was like for normal people during Margaret Thatcher's run. A horribly bleak time for working class people, and nothing has changed since then.

     
  245.  
    Chris Morley, Surrey

    emails: The reason why Lady Thatcher will be remembered by historians is that she was a 'bigger' person than those she replaced and all those, that to date, have followed her. The country today is crying out for politicians with a similar strength of character.

     
  246.  
    Huw Thomas, Cardiff

    emails: If all the Labour MP's feel that her policies were so wrong and harmful - what did they do to reverse them when they spent so much time in office?

     
  247.  
    Stephen Stone, Devon

    emails: Thatcher was a divisive politician who deregulated the banks, crippled the industrial sector and shredded the social fabric of this country. How dare the Government agree to use our taxpayers hard earned money to pay for her funeral and how dare they assume that we would want to celebrate her life by giving Thatcher a 'celebrated' send-off?

     
  248.  
    1914:

    COMMONS: Bernard Jenkin's father was a Cabinet minister in Lady Thatcher's government so the Tory MP brings an unusual perspective. He said the former PM enjoyed a "good spat" and it was a myth to suggest she did not have a sense of humour.

     
  249.  
    1918:

    COMMONS: Tory MP Bernard Jenkin suggests Lady Thatcher, who was a family friend, should not be held personally responsible for the decline of traditional industries in the 1980s, saying it was an "inevitable transition of economics".

     
  250.  
    1921:

    COMMONS: Bernard Jenkin concludes by saying that Lady Thatcher once held the world "in the palm of her hand" and the nation would be forever in her debt - heady praise indeed.

     
  251.  
    1925:

    COMMONS: Labour's Mike Gapes points out what he says were the flaws in Lady Thatcher's foreign policy. Like many MPs before him, he mentions Nelson Mandela and South Africa. But he also suggests that she was wrong in "vehemently opposing" the re-unification of Germany.

     
  252.  
    1926:

    COMMONS: Speaker Bercow has finished his shift. One of his deputies, garrulous Lancastrian Lindsay Hoyle, now has the job of trying to stop MPs going on too long.

     
  253.  
    MP Tom Harris

    tweets: A woman on BBC News just said it's a pity that MPs are claiming £3700 to attend the Commons today. Give. Me. Strength.

     
  254.  
    1931:

    COMMONS: A Geordie voice now. Labour's Chi Onwurah says there is "a visceral dislike" of Lady Thatcher in her Newcastle constituency.

     
  255.  
    1934:

    COMMONS: Chi Onwurah says Thatcher's government failed people in the North-East of England and that her real legacy is the current level of unemployment across the region.

     
  256.  
    1936:

    COMMONS: A brief but typically passionate performance from veteran Eurosceptic Bill Cash, who is still furious that Lady Thatcher was "turfed out of office for no other reason than she disagreed with them on the European issue".

     
  257.  
    1942:

    Rumbustious stuff from Conservative Julian Lewis. He says Lady Thatcher saved the Labour Party by "burying the far left". He also takes a swipe at the Argentine President and the Lib Dems - who he suggests are largely absent from the chamber.

     
  258.  
    1944:

    Lady Thatcher's life was proof that people "could rise from the bottom to the top if they worked hard enough and did the right thing" - Conservative Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

     
  259.  
    Labour MP Wayne David

    tweets: Just spoke in Commons and criticised what Mrs T did to the mining communities and to Rhymney Valley. I sd people in Valleys will not forget

     
  260.  
    MP Christopher Pincher

    tweets: Fine #MargaretThatcher speeches from Conor Burns, John Whittingdale, Frank Field and Malcolm Rifkind etc. Less said about Glenda the better.

     
  261.  
    1946:

    It is almost exclusively Conservatives taking part now. Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle says everyone will get a chance to speak but again urges brevity. Mark Pritchard concludes his contribution by calling Lady Thatcher "Mrs Aspiration".

     
  262.  
    1956:

    COMMONS: Two more Tory tributes - John Baron says the UK was the "sick man of Europe" before Lady Thatcher turned its fortunes around while Nick Gibb says she "led the battle of ideas with courage".

     
  263.  
    1958:

    COMMONS: Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, who used to campaign with a dog in a union jack waistcoat, speaks of his admiration for Lady Thatcher's patriotism.

     
  264.  
    1959:

    COMMONS: Andrew Rosindell says the former PM spoke up strongly for the Royal Family at a "difficult period" for the monarchy in the 1980s and also questions whether the Falkland Islands would now be "free" if she had not been in power. He also speaks of Lady Thatcher's compassion - something Tory MPs have been very keen to get across in this debate.

     
  265.  
    2002:

    COMMONS: An insight into Thatcher's effect on young Conservatives. Daniel Kawczynski recalls being "mesmerized" and his heart "beating very strongly" when sitting next to the former PM at a dinner. The Conservative MP, who is 6ft 8, jokes that Lady Thatcher "towered" over him in every other respect.

     
  266.  
    2015:

    Conservative Daniel Byles says he is personally grateful to the Thatcher government as it was its assisted places scheme which enabled him to become the first member of his family to stay on in school after 16.

     
  267.  
    2015:

    David Cameron is still in the chamber, nearly six hours after the debate began. He listens as Tory MP Lee Scott suggests Lady Thatcher would be among a select group of prime ministers still remembered in 100 years time, alongside Winston Churchill, Clement Atlee, and, pausing for a moment, he adds David Cameron. That will have gone down well.

     
  268.  
    2020:

    Former army commander turned Conservative MP Bob Stewart recalls a visit Lady Thatcher made to his company in Northern Ireland in 1982 after six men had been killed in an attack. She "talked, wept, caressed and inspired" the injured, he tells MPs, saying this demonstrated her "heart of gold".

     
  269.  
    2034:

    Heather Wheeler, Tory MP for South Derbyshire - a former mining heartland - said she has had "lively e-mails" from constituents on the subject of Lady Thatcher's legacy. But she says the area has reinvented itself since the 1980s and unemployment is low. On a personal note, she says she is proud of the photo taken of her with the former PM.

     
  270.  
    2039:

    Dominic Raab, who became a Tory MP in 2010, reveals that Lady Thatcher wrote to all newly elected Conservative MPs after the election urging them to "carry the fight" to their opponents. In an unusual literary reference, he quotes part of Mark Antony's funeral oration for Julius Caesar.

     
  271.  
    2054:

    Conservative Fiona Bruce says Lady Thatcher "blazed a trail for women" - that is not the first time we have heard that today. She also refers to a 1987 interview in which the former PM was reported to have said "there is no such thing as society". The MP says Lady Thatcher's real views had been "utterly traduced" and she was a strong supporter of society.

     
  272.  
    2055:

    Just a reminder - the debate can continue until 22:00 BST at the latest. With many MPs still to speak, it looks like it will go the distance.

     
  273.  
    2056:

    Conservative Damian Collins says his grandparents were among those whose lives were changed by Margaret Thatcher - they bought their council house under the Right-to-Buy scheme. The Folkestone MP also notes the former PM's championing of the Channel Tunnel and its economic benefits.

     
  274.  
    2057:

    David Cameron is not the only party leader to have remained in his seat for much of the debate. Ed Miliband is still there and his presence is commended by Tory backbencher Oliver Colvile.

     
  275.  
    2104:

    There have been plenty of historical allusions in the debate. Conservative Priti Patel adds another, saying Margaret Thatcher will go down alongside Churchill, Disraeli, Gladstone and Pitt as the country's finest prime ministers. She describes the former PM as the "ultimate warrior for the working class".

     
  276.  
    2105:

    The Labour benches are now deserted. There has not been a speaker from the opposition side for almost 90 minutes.

     
  277.  
    2109:

    Conservative Alok Sharma says his father once said Margaret Thatcher was the "first Asian prime minister". Explaining the remark, he said his dad believed the former PM's work ethic and belief in self-improvement meant she "acts like us".

     
  278.  
    MP Harriett Baldwin

    tweets: Mr. Speaker has shown great respect to this debate by remaining in the Chair for almost all of it. #Thatcher

     
  279.  
    2139:

    Conservative Alec Shelbrooke says Margaret Thatcher "smashed the glass ceiling to smithereens" and was an inspiration to those, like him, from modest backgrounds and educated at comprehensive schools. He compares the former PM to the reality TV show X-Factor - both made people believe they could fulfil their dreams.

     
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    2139:

    Bob Blackman is a relieved man. The Conservative MP says he has been waiting nearly seven hours to speak and was worried that his best stories about Margaret Thatcher would be used up by others. However, they haven't.

     
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    2140:

    Mark Reckless is the last backbencher to speak. He says that he is sitting in the same seat which Margaret Thatcher occupied in the 15 months after she lost office and before she retired as an MP.

     
  282.  
    2142:

    Mr Reckless suggests Margaret Thatcher removed Geoffrey Howe from the Foreign Office in 1989 - a highly controversial move at the time - because he was pressurising her into joining the European Exchange Rate mechanism.

     
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    2142:

    A member from the Labour and Conservative benches will now sum up for each side. Thomas Docherty is speaking for Labour. He says the debate has shown the "wide-ranging views" in Parliament about the Thatcher years and her legacy.

     
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    2143:

    Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley is summing up for the Conservatives. He says he is grateful for the "generous" remarks of Labour members, including Ed Miliband.

     
  285.  
    MP Graham Evans

    tweets: Very good wind-up speeches from both sides of the House.

     
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    2143:

    Mr Lansley suggests Margaret Thatcher would have enjoyed listening to her critics in Wednesday's debate and taking them on. The values that she fought for in her life need to be fought for by every generation, he adds.

     
  287.  
    2146:

    Margaret Thatcher had a "compass to steer by", he adds, and applied her "convictions and principles" to all decisions she took in office.

     
  288.  
    MP Brooks Newmark

    tweets: At the Tribute to Baroness Thatcher Debate. Some very moving and heartfelt speeches on all sides incl both @david_cameron and @ed_miliband.

     
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    2149:

    Mr Lansley concludes by saying Margaret Thatcher transformed the country and her successors must "build on her achievements". Next week the public will have the opportunity "offer their thanks and say their farewells", he adds.

     
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    2150:

    With that, more than seven hours of debate about Margaret Thatcher's life and legacy comes to an end.

     

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