Redbridge MPs attending Margaret Thatcher funeral as borough marks death

PUBLISHED: 15:57 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:12 16 April 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Picture: PA

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Two Redbridge MPs will be attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.

Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith was invited as part of the government cabinet and Ilford North MP Lee Scott was granted a place on Friday.

He said: “I was honoured to be invited.

“It’s important that people remember she was a mother and a grandmother.

“We need to show respect irrelevant of our views.”

The Conservative MP also plans to pay his respects at St Mary Undercroft chapel in the Palace of Westminster, where Lady Thatcher’s coffin will be until tomorrow’s funeral procession.

The Conservative association in his constituency are planning their own memorial later this month.

Cllr Paul Canal and Cllr Alex Phillips are travelling to central London to watch the funeral procession.

Redbridge Council has started a book of condolence at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford, that residents can write in over the coming week.

A black armband – a symbol of mourning – has also been put on the statue of Winston Churchill in High Road, Woodford Green.

According to Facebook, more than 800 people are due to attend “Maggie’s good riddance party” outside St Paul’s.

The event page reads: “Spending more than a penny on Thatcher’s funeral whilst cutting welfare to the poorest and most vulnerable in society is utterly distasteful.”

Are you marking Margaret Thatcher’s funeral tomorrow? Will you be going to see the procession, joining a protest or holding an alternative event?

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