Grant Shapps calls for ‘respectful’ protest at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

PUBLISHED: 09:45 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 17 April 2013

Former PM Margaret Thatcher on a walkabout in Hatfield with the then, parliamentary candidate, Christopher Murphy in 1977.    Her beloved Denis can be seen in the background. The man on the right is David Warren a former Deputy Chairman, of Welwyn & Hatfield Conservative Association.

Former PM Margaret Thatcher on a walkabout in Hatfield with the then, parliamentary candidate, Christopher Murphy in 1977. Her beloved Denis can be seen in the background. The man on the right is David Warren a former Deputy Chairman, of Welwyn & Hatfield Conservative Association.

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A CALL for “respectful” protest at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral has been issued by Welwyn Hatfield’s MP, who will be at the service.

Grant Shapps will be in the capital today (Wednesday) as Baroness Thatcher is laid to rest, securing an invite through his role as Conservative Party Chairman.

The Prime Minister’s ceremonial funeral – estimated to cost £10m – is set to be targeted by left wing demonstrators.

Mr Shapps said: “I hope people are reasonable and respectful. This is after all a funeral.”

Baroness Thatcher died last Monday after suffering a stroke, with Mr Shapps paying tribute to the divisive Tory leader – who ruled from 1979 to 1990.

He said: “It’s a huge honour [to be invited to the funeral].

“No matter your opinion about Margaret Thatcher, she was an important figure in British history because she changed a great deal about this country.

“Thatcher was the person who made me proud to live in a country where anyone, no matter their background, can get on in life.

“It’s that kind of ‘can do’ attitude that I think built Britain in the first place and rescued it from having been the sick man of Europe in the 80s.”

Baroness Thatcher’s body will be carried through London in a Union Flag-draped coffin on a horse-drawn gun carriage from St Clement Danes, the church of the Royal Air Force, down the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral in London.


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