Portsmouth MP pays tribute to Baroness Thatcher during parliament talk

WAVE Baroness Thatcher, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Mary Fagan, greets crowds in Gosport in 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War
WAVE Baroness Thatcher, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Mary Fagan, greets crowds in Gosport in 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War
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A PORTSMOUTH MP spoke fondly of Margaret Thatcher during a parliamentary discussion about her life.

Penny Mordaunt said The Iron Lady supported her when she failed to become MP for Portsmouth North in 2005 and congratulated her when she finally did five years later.

Addressing other politicians, Ms Mordaunt said she was nine when the Falklands War broke out.

She said it was Baroness Thatcher’s words of encouragement to families of men going to serve overseas that made her a cut above the rest.

‘A lot of my classmates’ fathers went to war,’ Ms Mordaunt said.

‘Her strong leadership was a comfort to many families.

‘Whether you agree with her policies or not, her devotion to duty and service made her a fantastic leader.

‘We really as a nation need to remember her for her life of service and for being a remarkable woman. This was someone who helped to stop the Cold War and who is a figure like Winston Churchill.’

Baroness Thatcher died on Monday after suffering a stroke.

Mr Cameron told the Commons that Baroness Thatcher was an ‘extraordinary woman’ who rescued Britain from post-war decline.

Mr Cameron said: ‘They say ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’, well in 1979 came the hour and came the lady.

‘She made the political weather, she made history, and – let this be her epitaph – she made our country great again.’

Ed Miliband described the former Tory prime minister, who served between 1979 and 1990, as a ‘unique and towering figure.’

Meanwhile, more than 700 members of the armed forces’ will be involved in her funeral.

It will take place on Wednesday, April 17 at St Paul’s Cathedral, in London.

The coffin will be drawn on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from St Clement Danes Church in the Strand to the cathedral.

The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will line the route.

Outside the cathedral a Guard of Honour and Band of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will be formed up.

While the ceremonial procession takes place, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire guns from Tower Wharf, HM Tower of London. Carrying the coffin will be a party made up of all three services, including those from ships, units and stations notable for their service during the Falklands campaign.