Margaret Thatcher's death

Rebel MP Galloway offers Thatcher stinging send-off

George Galloway lambasts national funeral for Thatcher. Photo: SCMP Pictures

British MPs voted overwhelmingly to postpone Prime Minister's Questions so that ministers could attend yesterday's funeral of Margaret Thatcher, but not before left-wing lawmaker George Galloway had delivered a stinging send-off.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 3:05am

Thatcher wasn't a racist, says apartheid leader De Klerk

De Klerk with Nelson Mandelain May 1994. Photo: Reuters

The last leader of apartheid South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, has rejected accusations that Margaret Thatcher was a racist.

The former leader, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993, said on the eve of her funeral that the late British prime minister did not give the "slightest support for apartheid or for racial discrimination of any kind".

18 Apr 2013 - 3:06am

Live: funeral held for Margaret Thatcher in London

Military personnel carry the coffin of former British prime minister Thatcher into St Paul's Cathedral for her funeral service, in London. Photo: Reuters

Margaret Thatcher made her final journey on Wednesday to St Paul’s Cathedral for her funeral, where Queen Elizabeth II led mourners from 170 countries to bid farewell to one of Britain’s most influential and divisive prime ministers.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:35am

Protesters plan to turn their backs on Thatcher funeral

The flag-draped coffin containing the remains of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is laid in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photo: EPA

London police are bracing for protests at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, with opponents vowing to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk if they can get close enough – or simply turn their backs on the passing procession.

17 Apr 2013 - 12:53am

Why Margaret Thatcher’s funeral will be a state occasion in all but name

The Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, rehearses on Monday for the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, at St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London. Photo: Reuters

The ceremonial funeral with full military honours afforded former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is just a few technical steps away from a full-blown state funeral.

The Iron Lady will be given a send-off full of pomp and ceremony involving 700 members of the armed forces, gunfire salutes and 2,000 guests at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:36pm

Police approve backs-to-Thatcher protest during funeral procession

Police have given approval for protesters to turn their backs tomorrow as the coffin of Margaret Thatcher proceeds through London to St Paul's Cathedral. Scotland Yard has repeatedly asked people planning demonstrations to let it know in advance, warning that anyone causing "harassment, alarm or distress" could be arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:03am