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The London housing and benefit madness that Thatcher built

The roll out of the government's latest benefit cuts binge has begun in four London boroughs, ushering in a policy marked by that special form of …

Margaret Thatcher 'gave her approval' to her son Mark's failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea

Margaret Thatcher approved of a failed attempt to use an army of mercenaries to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea, according to the …

Anti Margaret Thatcher party in Trafalgar square - video

About 3,000 people gathered in the rain in Trafalgar Square on Saturday night to "celebrate" the demise of Margaret Thatcher. The party was a surreal …

Margaret Thatcher: 20 ways that she changed Britain

1 <b>Transforming the City of London</b><p>Until the late 1970s, the Square Mile was a genteel all-male club dominated by pinstripe suits, public school accents …

Falklands on film: how broadcasters have handled Margaret Thatcher's war

British TV deployed rapidly – and with frequent controversy – to attack the Falklands war as a subject. The assiduous historical website British …

Margaret Thatcher fans plan US-style memorial as row grows over funeral

Supporters of Lady Thatcher have unveiled plans to honour her in the manner of a US president by creating a library and museum in her memory.<p>The …

Sally Bercow: I won't be part of 'attempted canonisation' of Thatcher

Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons speaker, has said she will not be attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher as she does not want to join in …

Thatcher funeral protesters get police go-ahead to turn backs on coffin

Protesters planning to demonstrate along the route of Lady Thatcher's funeral procession have been given the go-ahead by police to turn their backs …

Margaret Thatcher funeral: editors, chefs and PMs confirm attendance

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, London mayor Boris Johnson, Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre and Gerald Ronson, the businessman jailed for his part in …

Anti-Thatcher campaign narrowly fails to take Ding Dong! to No 1 in charts

It was the most talked about Top 40 since Blur took on Oasis 18 years ago at the height of 1990s Britpop.<p>But the speculation around Ding Dong! The …

Margaret Thatcher's legacy leaves David Cameron new challenges

As he prepared to lead the tributes to Lady Thatcher in the Commons last week, David Cameron called together four members of the late prime …

Growing up in Glasgow under Margaret Thatcher: 'She was there for me'

I cried when I heard you were dead. Just as I cried in the classroom on Wednesday 28 November 1990 when you were ousted from Downing Street. The door …

Letters: What Thatcher's funeral says about Britain today

Given Thatcher's fondness for what she regarded as "Victorian values", it is not surprising that the press is full of alleged historical parallels. …

Margaret Thatcher's funeral - interactive guide

Guide to the funeral of Lady Thatcher, which will include a procession through the streets of central London and a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral …

Margaret Thatcher funeral rehearsal – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/gallery/2013/apr/15/margaret-thatcher-funeral-rehearsal-gallery<p>720<p>A full military dress rehearsal for the …

Should the bells of Big Ben be silenced for Margaret Thatcher's funeral?

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Big Ben to be silenced as mark of respect

The bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster are to be silenced as a mark of respect during the funeral of Lady Thatcher on Wednesday, the …

David Cameron misses out on polling 'dividend' after Thatcher death

There is a Thatcher bounce to be had, but David Cameron is not having it, according to a new Guardian/ICM poll.<p>Britain's longest-running polling …

Thatcher funeral: anti-gay Republican Michele Bachmann to attend

The one-time presidential hopeful and darling of the Tea Party Michele Bachmann will be be attending Lady Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, as part of …

Lady Thatcher funeral: keep shtoom for Maggie

Apparently Margaret Thatcher has died, so there is to be a big tribute to her on Wednesday. The sound of Big Ben, and the chimes of the clock in what …

Thatcher funeral to match theatre of Churchill's – but differences are stark

It was, Patrick O'Donovan noted in the Observer, as if "the City was stopped and was turned into a theatre, and it was all performed as a drama that …

Margaret Thatcher's funeral arrangements under fire as Big Ben is silenced

The bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster are to be silenced as a mark of respect during Wednesday's ceremonial funeral for Lady …

Margaret Thatcher funeral: US opts for low-key official representation

The US is to send distinctly low-key official representation to Lady Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, with a delegation led by George Shultz and …

Margaret Thatcher's coffin to lie in parliament as MPs debate her legacy

The body of Lady Thatcher makes its final journey to parliament on Tuesday with MPs ready for a potentially bitter debate about her legacy.<p>At 3pm, …

Margaret Thatcher funeral: more than 4,000 police to be deployed

Scotland Yard says more than 4,000 officers will be deployed for Wednesday's funeral of Lady Thatcher as British counter-terrorism officials assess …

Margaret Thatcher funeral – full timetable

Wednesday 17 April<p><b>0730:</b> road closures are implemented along the route from Whitehall to St Paul's Cathedral.<p><b>0800:</b> flags are lowered to half mast over …

Margaret Thatcher's death certificate calls her 'retired stateswoman'

Lady Thatcher is described as a "retired stateswoman" on her death certificate, it emerged on Tuesday, as a select group of 100 family members, …

Police 'prepared' for protests at Thatcher's funeral – video

The metropolitan police commander says it will accommodate peaceful protests during Margaret Thatcher's funeral, but that those inciting crime or …

Lady Thatcher's coffin comes to the Commons: Politics live blog

4.48pm BST<p>Afternoon summary<p><b>• Members of Lady Thatcher's family and senior politicians have been paying tribute to her in private service in the Crypt</b> …

Margaret Thatcher's grandchildren: 'modest, humble, kind'

Before her death, friends visiting Baroness Thatcher at her grand house in Chester Square, Belgravia, would find the living room dominated by a large …