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Madonna Deletes Margaret Thatcher Message


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The Like A Virgin hitmaker posted a picture alongside one of the late politician's famous quotes - "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing" - and added the caption, "Thank you Margaret Thatcher! #unapolgetic #rebelheart (sic)".

After posting the image, the star faced a backlash from followers who slammed her for lauding Thatcher, who was infamous for her divisive policies, which prompted both praise and vitriol following her death in 2013.

Madonna did not comment on the controversy but removed the photo and later posted a racy image of herself in underwear surrounded by roses, alongside the caption, "He sent me roses begging my forgiveness. I said I'd think about it. These guys..."

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Elvis Costello Defends His Anti-thatcher Song


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British singer Elvis Costello has defended his decision to perform a controversial song about late U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during his televised set at Glastonbury festival.

The star first released his protest song, Tramp The Dirt Down, in 1989 but he has revived it since Thatcher's death in April (13) and he performed it during his recent show at Britain's iconic music festival.

The decision to resurrect the track has prompted a backlash, with critics accusing Costello of insensitivity towards Thatcher's grieving relatives as the tune includes the line, "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down".

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Funeral Of Margaret Thatcher

following several years of declining health. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
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Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher

Guests Leave St Paul's Cathedral In Central London, After The Funeral Of Margaret Thatcher.

Liam Fox - Guests Leave St Paul's Cathedral in central London, after the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. Born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13th October, 1925, in Grantham, England, Thatcher became one of the most influential figures of the 20th century after entering politics in the 1950s. Nicknamed The Iron Lady for her tough conservative stance, Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister after waging a successful general election campaign in 1979 and she went on to serve three consecutive terms in office. The veteran politician passed away on 8 April, 2013, after suffering a stroke following several years of declining health. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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A Fake Funeral For Margaret Thatcher Is Held In The Former Mining Village Of Goldthorpe

Atmopshere - A man dressed as the Devil during a fake funeral for Margaret Thatcher is held in the former mining village of Goldthorpe in Barnsley - South Yorkshire, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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View, Atmosphere and Margaret Thatcher - Born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13th October, 1925, in Grantham, England, Thatcher became one of the most influential figures of the 20th century after entering politics in the 1950s. Nicknamed The Iron Lady for her tough conservative stance, Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister after waging a successful general election campaign in 1979 and she went on to serve three consecutive terms in office. The veteran politician passed away on 8 April, 2013, after suffering a stroke following several years of declining health. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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Family And Friends Of Baroness Margaret Thatcher Depart The Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft

Sir Mark Thatcher, Sarah Jane Thatcher, Jonny Russell and Harry Russell - Family and friends of Baroness Margaret Thatcher depart the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft after the private service - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th April 2013

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Ian Mckellen Thought Margaret Thatcher's Knighthood Gift Was A Joke


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Sir Ian Mckellen was convinced he was the victim of a practical joke when he found out former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had organised his knighthood just days before she left office.

The X-Men star received the title from Queen Elizabeth Ii in 1991 and he has now revealed Thatcher, who died last week (08Apr13), put him forward for the accolade shortly before she resigned as Britain's leader in 1990.

MCKellen admits he was never a supporter of Thatcher or her policies, and was shocked to find out she had been instrumental in landing him an honour from the Queen. MCKellen was told about the knighthood on the day Thatcher left office, and he was convinced the phone call from officials at Downing Street was a practical joke.

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Iron Man 3 London Premiere Postponed After Margaret Thatcher Funeral Announcement


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The Iron Man has had to cede to the Iron Lady after it was confirmed that the London premiere for Iron Man 3 is to be delayed by a day to allow the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to go ahead.

The premiere of the Robert Downey Jr-starring film was scheduled to be held in London next Wednesday, April 17th, however since the death of Baroness Thatcher this week, it’s been forced to change, with a funeral procession taking place in central London finishing with the service itself at St. Paul’s Cathedral, expected to be attended by past and present US and UK leaders as well as many others. Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow are still expected to walk the red carpet in spite of the switch at Leicester Square.

There is huge concern within the ranks of British officials about the potential for fall out during the procession and funeral, with Thatcher one of the most divisive leaders of the UK in its history. Running the country from 1979 to 1990, she bore the ire of the working class by disbanding the workers unions and pushing industry and services towards privatisation, putting thousands out of work and in many Northern communities, devastating their towns with the subsequent unemployment. There are several reports suggesting that there could be cases of civil unrest next Wednesday, with London on tenterhooks for any trouble.

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BBC Radio One Chart Show Won't Play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'


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BBC Radio One have announced that the chart show won’t be playing the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, in the likelihood that it will make the top 10 of the Official UK Top 40 this weekend.

A campaign has been mounted to get the song – originally made famous for its use in 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz – to number one on the UK charts, following the death of the widely divisive former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who ran the country between 1979 and 1990. The decision was made by Radio One controller Ben Cooper, who commented to the BBC "The decision I have made is I am not going to play it in full but that I will play a clip of it in a news environment.” Continuing, he added "When I say a news environment, that is a newsreader telling you about the fact that this record has reached a certain place in the chart and here is a clip of that track… It is a compromise and it is a difficult compromise to come to. You have very difficult and emotional arguments on both sides of the fence. Let's not forget you also have a family that is grieving for a loved one who is yet to be buried."

Margaret Thatcher’s drive towards privatisation and the disbandment of workers unions in the 1980’s caused much ill-feeling among the working class of Great Britain during her period in charge. Her death caused much glee in some places, with ad hoc street parties occurring on Monday in Glasgow and Brixton, among other places, as news of her death spread.

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Geri Halliwell Devastated By Furore Over Margaret Thatcher Tribute


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British pop star Geri Halliwell has branded herself "weak" and cowardly for deleting an online tribute to former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after receiving negative feedback from fans.

The former Spice Girls star was among the first to express her views on Twitter.com following the death of the veteran politician on Monday (08Apr13), writing, "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's (sic) daughter who taught me anything is possible."

However, Halliwell later deleted the tweet and replaced it with the message, "I'm sorry if I offended u (sic)."

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Shirley Bassey And Andrew Lloyd Webber Invited To Thatcher's Funeral


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Shirley Bassey and theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber have secured invites to late U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral in London next week (begs15Apr13).

The celebrities are expected to join politicians and heads of state, like U.S. leader President Barack Obama, at the St. Paul's Cathedral send-off on 17 April (13).

Bassey and Lloyd Webber join a list of invitees drawn up by Thatcher's family, which was made public on Thursday (11Apr13).

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John Lydon Blasts Margaret Thatcher Gloaters


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Punk icon John Lydon has slammed Brits who are celebrating the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, branding them "cowards".

The controversial ex-leader died on Monday (08Apr13) after suffering a stroke, and her passing has prompted praise and criticism in equal measure in the U.K.

Some opponents of Thatcher have caused outrage by holding parties to celebrate her death, but Sex Pistols frontman Lydon has blasted them for being disrespectful and trampling on the grief of the former politician's loved ones.

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Glenda Jackson's Margaret Thatcher Rant Shocks Parliament


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Double Oscar winner-turned-politician Glenda Jackson stunned colleagues during a special session of parliament on Wednesday (10Apr13) by launching into a bizarre rant about former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

British Members of Parliament (Mps) were called back to the House of Commons in London for a debate in tribute to Baroness Thatcher, who passed away aged 87 on Monday (08Apr13).

Many politicians stayed away from the event, but former actress Jackson, who entered office in 1992 as a Labour candidate, remained in her seat in parliament so she could offer her own memories of the controversial Conservative leader.

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Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead Hits Top 10: But Can It Reach No.1?


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Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead had launched into the UK Top 10 chart following the death of Margaret Thatcher. What probably started off as a handful of people downloading The Wizard of Oz track for their slightly tasteless parties around the UK turned into a full-fledged Facebook and Twitter campaign to get the track to No.1.

The Official Charts Company said the song had been purchased more than 10,600 by midnight on Tuesday, meaning it's at No.10 on the midweeks charts, published on Wednesday. It's on-course to be one of the top three sellers by the end of the week and could get to No.1. While many have mourned the death of Baroness Thatcher, organisers behind the Facebook campaign showed little compassion - "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies", launched on Monday. Though the most famous version, sung by Judy Garland, is on track for chart success, another 1961 rendition sung by Ella Fitzgerald also saw an increase in sales and nudged into the Top 150. The main track is around 5,000 sales away from a place in the Top 3.

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Margaret Thatcher

Date of birth

13th October, 1925

Date of death

8th April, 2012

Occupation

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Sex

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