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A painting of the former PM for the National Portrait Gallery tells us much about him

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Borussia Dortmund fans in Trafalgar Square

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In life she was a symbol of this small but significant London location and now, in death, Baroness Thatcher passed Downing Street for the last time today.

Thatcher discord sets the clock back 30 years

I arrived back from holiday to find the country divided and inflamed once more

Matthew Norman on Monday: Introducing Maggie - the consensual PM

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The London Mayor Boris Johnson has told LBC Radio that police in the capital are prepared for a riots and disorder over Baroness Thatcher this weekend.

Boris Johnson accused of 'hyping up' the threat of violence at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Organisers accuse mayor of using riots warning to provide excuse for pre-emptive arrests

Death parties: One thing for Hitler, but another for Thatcher

There is a difference between tyrants with a consistent record of mass murder and democratically elected politicians

Row over Margaret Thatcher statue location

A row has broken out over suggestions that a statue should be built in honour of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Police speak to protesters during Monday night's unrest in Brixton

Police ask Margaret Thatcher protesters to identify themselves

The Metropolitan Police has asked groups planning to demonstrate during or in advance of Margaret Thatcher's funeral to make themselves known to officers so that their "right to protest can be upheld".

Disunited in mourning: police fear Thatcher funeral may turn into security nightmare

Fears of civil disorder in capital as plans are revealed for partially state-funded ceremonial funeral, as MPs gather to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher

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A reveller holds a sign to celebrate the death of Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher death parties are not just mindless morbidity, they can be a community coming together

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