'Lying here, she is one of us': A selection of quotes as last respects paid to Margaret Thatcher
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres: "After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm."
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I think the Bishop of London did a particularly moving, touching and well-judged address. To all those who wondered if this was going to be a fitting way to send off Margaret Thatcher... I think the vindication of that is in the huge number of people who turned out and the good nature with which they paid their respects."
Lord Archer: "When things were not going well, some people walked away.Not Margaret Thatcher. She was the first to phone, the first to write a hand-written note. If you were a friend, she stuck by you. The loyalty is something I will never forget."
Former chief policy adviser to Baroness Thatcher, John Redwood: "The most moving moment inside the cathedral was when they opened up the great doors and we could hear the noise outside. It was exactly the kind of tribute you would hope for - we are grieving a loss but also commemorating a life well-led, an extraordinarily active life."
Former BBC chief political correspondent John Sergeant: "The people who still dislike her are still making it quite clear that they don't agree with her, which is the British way."
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Cabinet member during the Thatcher years: "You can't mourn too much when someone is 87, has had an extraordinary life and has achieved so much. Lady Thatcher wrote much of the service herself and who knows, perhaps she was enjoying it from somewhere else as we listened to the music and listened to what was being said."
Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "I thought it was just a wonderful and fitting end to the public life of Margaret Thatcher. The service itself was very moving, simple but to the point. I think that everybody there felt the tremendous emotion of the occasion and the sense of history."
Senior Tory MP David Davis: "It was a magnificent service with beautiful music, which she of course chose herself."
Former trade and industry minister Leon Brittan: ""She changed the country from being the declining sick man of Europe to a country which can be proud of itself."
Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon: "I think the address by the Bishop of London was a fitting memorial to a great lady."
Broadcaster Andrew Neil said: "The most moving part of the service took place when the coffin came out and everybody inside could hear the cheers. It was then, when you looked around the congregation, the most tears appeared in people's eyes."
Former solicitor general Sir Edward Garnier: "It was a quite extraordinarily affecting service which was very understated, very English."
Tory backbencher Oliver Colvile said: "I thought it could be summed up in one word: Britannia.
Former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth: "I think this will increase the international respect for our country."
Falklands veteran and former Welsh Guard Simon Weston: "It was great that the services had an involvement particularly because we had such a big role in her career. She showed every woman in the world you don't have to come from great beginnings."
Derek Cole, chief executive of the Falklands Veterans Foundation: "She left the cathedral in essentially the same manner that she would when she left a room during her lifetime - to a resounding round of applause and three cheers"
Prime Minister David Cameron: "In a way, we are all Thatcherites now. "She was the first woman prime minister, she served for longer in the job that anyone for 150 years, she achieved some extraordinary things in her life."
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Follow the latest updates from the Monday night Premier League fixture
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
Sophia Loren: How I rejected Cary Grant and 'pulverised' Marlon Brando with my eyes
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...