Wednesday 17 April 2013 by Spacey

Thatcher funeral set to become first time MPs bury good news

MPs are expected to make history later today after it emerged that the funeral of Margaret Thatcher will be the first time they’ve ever buried good news.

Lady Thatcher, who was Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 until 1990, died on 8 April when she was accidentally splashed with water by a young girl attempting to put out a fire.

The Dean of St Paul’s said the funeral would be a “relatively humble” affair with a procession through central London, 4000 police officers, 700 armed services personnel, 2300 guests and an estimated cost of £10m.

“Mrs Thatcher wanted something that was very simple and not at all triumphalist,” he said.

“What better way to reflect that than a gun salute being fired from the Tower of London every minute while the procession is taking place.

“She didn’t want any fuss, so closing roads and advising drivers to avoid Westminster and the City of London is a fitting tribute.”

Live coverage of friends and colleagues reflecting on the goal she scored against Scotland at Euro 96 and the time she invented transistors begins on Sky News at 9am, and 9.15am on BBC1.

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