Furious Tories jeer as Labour MPs condemn impact of Margaret Thatcher's policies
Andrew GriceA show of unity by the three main political parties over Margaret Thatcher since her death on Monday ended when Labour MPs launched strong attacks on her record during Commons tributes to her today.
Ed Miliband won praise from Conservative MPs for a statesmanlike speech in which he praised the former Prime Minister as a "unique and towering figure". But he disagreed with "much of what she did", saying that mining communities felt "angry and abandoned", while gay and lesbian people felt "stigmatised" by her measures like Section 28, which prevented councils from "promoting" homosexuality.
There were angry scenes when Labour MPs condemned the impact of Baroness Thatcher's policies on their constituencies, and the rise in unemployment to more than 3 million while she was in office. They were jeered by furious Tories, who accused Labour members of breaching Commons rules for such a session of tributes following the death of a senior politician. But John Bercow, the Speaker, rejected the Tory complaints.
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"Furious Tories jeer as Labour MPs condemn impact of Margaret Thatcher's policies", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2013. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/furious-tories-jeer-as-labour-mps-condemn-impact-of-margaret-thatcher-s-policies