Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Hundreds celebrate Thatcher's death

A giant puppet, representing Baroness Margaret Thatcher, during a Thatcher's dead 'party' organised via Facebook, in Trafalgar Square
People attend a Thatcher's dead 'party' organised via Facebook, in Trafalgar Square
Police lead a man away from Trafalgar Square during a Thatcher's dead 'party'

Hundreds of people have gathered in the rain at London's Trafalgar Square to mark the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Protesters against the former prime minister's legacy brought sparklers, party poppers and balloons.

Some drank cider and Champagne while others wore party hats as they chanted slogans about Lady Thatcher, who died at The Ritz on Monday.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers travelled to the capital from North East England, with others joining them from Scotland and Wales.

UK Uncut members, protesting about welfare cuts, also joined the demonstration.

Security was tight, with police officers stationed throughout the square, and police vans parked in all the streets surrounding it. There were reports of minor scuffles between protesters and police.

Scotland Yard said they had an "appropriate policing operation" in place. The Greater London Authority had also brought in security officers to manage the crowds.

Meanwhile, more than half of voters believe the taxpayer should not have to pick up the bill for Baroness Thatcher's ceremonial funeral, according to an opinion poll tonight.

A ComRes survey for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror found just 25% thought the funeral should be paid for out of public funds as against 60% who were opposed.

The one-in-three - 33% - who believed Lady Thatcher was Britain's greatest peacetime prime minister were outnumbered by the 41% who disagreed. But while 59% said she was the most divisive prime minister they could remember, almost as many - 56% - said the country needed more "conviction politicians" like her.

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