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Mellor: Thatcher football silence 'wouldn't be observed'

David Cameron will lead the tributes to Margaret Thatcher this afternoon when Parliament is recalled from Easter recess to allow politicians to offer their respects and debate her legacy.

The session has drawn some criticism from MPs for being a waste of taxpayers' money.

Lady Thatcher's funeral will take place at St Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday with full military honours.

The former head of the Football Association, Graham Kelly, has called for a minute's silence to be held ahead of Premier League and FA Cup games this weekend.

Speaking to the Today programme, the former Conservative cabinet minister, David Mellor, told sports presenter Garry Richardson "most minute's silences are well observed and this wouldn't be".

Margaret Thatcher "took a dim view of football" he added.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 10 April 2013.

  • 10 Apr 2013
  • From the section UK