Thatcher funeral: Guide to the day

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Westminster

  • Palace of Westminster

    The funeral procession will set out from the Palace of Westminster with Baroness Thatcher's body carried in a hearse for the first part of the journey. The coffin will be trasferred to a gun carriage at the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand.

  • Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

    Baroness Thatcher's body will lie overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft which is found beneath St Stephen's Hall at the Palace of Westminster.

St Clement Danes

St Clement Danes

At the RAF Chapel at the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand, Baroness Thatcher's coffin will be borne in procession to St Paul's Cathedral on a gun carriage drawn by six horses of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

St Paul's Cathedral

  • St Paul's Cathedral

    There will be a Guard of Honour outside St Paul's as the coffin is transferred into the Cathedral by service personnel from regiments and ships closely associated with the Falklands campaign.

  • Nave of St Paul's Cathedral

    The ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral will be attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, family and friends of Baroness Thatcher, members of her cabinets and dignitaries from around the world.

Downing Street

  • Number 10 Downing Street

    The funeral passes Downing Street, which is found on the left of the route along Whitehall.

  • Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street

    Baroness Thatcher was resident at Number 10 for more than ten years following her General Election victory in 1979.

Ceremonial procession

Fleet Street

Once the procession leaves St Clement Danes, the route to St Paul's along Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill will be lined by more than 700 armed forces personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, F Company Scots Guards, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and the Royal Air Force.

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister, was conducted along the same lines as those of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother.

She was accorded a ceremonial funeral with military honours. It began at 11:00 BST (10:00 GMT) on Wednesday, 17 April, at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

It was the first time the Queen had attended the funeral of a British prime minister since that of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Funeral route

On Tuesday - the day before the funeral - Baroness Thatcher's coffin was moved to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster ahead of a short service for about 100 people led by the Dean of Westminster.

The service was attended by family members, senior figures from the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as some Westminster staff who knew or worked closely with Baroness Thatcher.

Ceremonial funeral

  • A step short of a state funeral, which is normally reserved for sovereigns
  • Requires consent from the Queen
  • There is visually little difference between ceremonial and state - the gun carriage during a state funeral is drawn by Royal Navy ratings rather than artillery horses

The Speaker's Chaplain, the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, kept vigil in the Chapel throughout the night.

On the day of the funeral itself, the coffin travelled by hearse from the Palace of Westminster at 10:00 BST to the Church of St Clement Danes - the Central Church of the Royal Air Force - on the Strand.

The coffin was then transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and taken in procession from St Clement Danes to St Paul's Cathedral just after 10:30 BST. The route was lined by military personnel from all three services.

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Procession

The processional route from St Clement Danes Church, along Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill, was lined by more than 700 armed services personnel. The services and units represented were:

  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  • F Company Scots Guards
  • 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
  • Royal Air Force

The procession of the horse-drawn gun carriage was led by the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth as it left St Clement Danes.

Baroness Thatcher's funeral bearer party
Baroness Thatcher's funeral bearer party graphic

As part of the procession , there were 10 bearers - all members of the armed services - who walked alongside the coffin.

Where possible, personnel were chosen from ships, units and stations connected to those who served during the Falklands campaign.

The bearers have been taken from:

  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Scots Guards
  • Welsh Guards
  • Royal Artillery
  • Royal Engineers
  • Parachute Regiment
  • Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • Royal Air Force

The bearer party was followed by an escort party made up of a further 10 members of the armed services.

Military bands

Bands who played along the route of the funeral procession were from the Scots Guards and the Welsh Guards of the Household Division, the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force, the Ministry of Defence said. For the occasion, their drums were covered in black cloth.

Gun Salute

The Honourable Artillery Company fired a gun every minute, from Tower Wharf at the Tower of London, while the procession took place.

There was no fly-past by the Royal Air Force. Baroness Thatcher requested that there shouldn't be one, reportedly concerned about the costs.

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Steps of St Paul's

Outside St Paul's Cathedral there was a Guard of Honour for the arrival of the coffin made up of members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the Welsh Guards Band.

Eighteen more service personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, and Royal Air Force lined the steps along with pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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The guests

There were 2,300 guests filling St Paul's for the service. The dignitaries began taking their seats at 10:00 BST, with the Queen being escorted to her seat at 10:45 BST.

Frederik de Klerk FW de Klerk, the last white president of South Africa, has been invited

Those invited included family and friends of Baroness Thatcher, surviving members of her cabinets, former chiefs of staff and members of the current cabinet and opposition.

Current and former world leaders close to Baroness Thatcher were personally invited alongside about 200 official representatives from states, territories and international organisations.

Amongst those attending were:

  • The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie
  • Former President of South Africa, FW de Klerk
  • Former US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne
  • Former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Dr Henry Kissinger
  • Former Private Secretary to Lady Thatcher, Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG OBE
  • Dame Shirley Bassey
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber
  • Lord and Lady Archer
  • US politician Newt Gingrich
  • Classical singer Katherine Jenkins

Full details can be found on the Downing Street website.

Those who were invited but were unable to attend include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former First Lady of the US Nancy Reagan.

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Inside St Paul's Cathedral

The funeral service was led by the Dean of St Paul's, Dr David Ison. The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, gave the sermon, and the blessing was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The Order of Service contained two readings - one by Lady Thatcher's 19-year-old granddaughter Amanda - and the second by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Downing Street said Lady Thatcher wanted the service to be "framed" by British music and it included compositions by Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

There was also a selection of well-known hymns, including Charles Wesley's Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, reflecting the influence of Lady Thatcher's Methodist upbringing.

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After the service

At the end of the service, the hearse left for the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. The coffin was accompanied by the Royal Hospital's chaplain, the Reverend Dick Whittington.

Lady Thatcher's body is being driven to Mortlake in south-west London, where a private cremation will take place. Her remains will be buried alongside her husband, Denis, at the Royal Hospital.

Two receptions followed the service. Foreign Secretary William Hague is hosting one at Mansion House for representatives from foreign states and other distinguished foreign VIPs.

The other is being held at Guildhall for friends and family of Lady Thatcher and representatives of UK institutions. The Thatcher family, the prime minister and other senior ministers were expected to attend both receptions.

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How much will it cost?

No official figure has been given for the estimated overall costs, although newspaper reports suggest it could be up to £10m.

Lady Thatcher's family is meeting an unspecified amount of the expense, thought to cover transport, flowers and the cremation, with the government funding the rest, including security.

A 2013 House of Commons note on state funerals details some of the costs of the Queen Mother's ceremonial funeral in 2002.

Policing costs on that occasion were £4.3m, of which £2.3m were opportunity costs (costs that would be incurred anyway if staff were assigned to other operations). The cost to the Ministry of Defence was much less at £301,000.

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Travel disruption

Lady Thatcher's funeral procession meant road closures along and around the route as well as disruption to public transport.

Key road closures in place from 07:00 BST on 17 April:

Parliament Square, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, The Stand, Aldwych, Fleet Street, Ludgate Hill, Blackfriars Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Waterloo Bridge (restricted access), Farringdon Road, Kingsway, Charing Cross Road, The Mall, Victoria Street, Millbank, St Pauls Churchyard, Cannon Street.

All roads were reopened by 15:00 BST, the Metropolitan Police said.

Key bus routes were affected by diversions or cancellations from 06:00 BST until roads reopened:

1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 43, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 76, 87, 88, 91, 100, 133, 139, 141, 148, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 242, 243, 341, 381, 388, 453, 507, 521, C10.

Underground and trains:

All Tube, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground lines will be running as normal.

Barclays Cycle Hire ("Boris Bikes")

A number of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations within the road closure area will be suspended all day.

Full travel details are available from Transport for London.

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Donations

Baroness Thatcher's family has asked well-wishers to consider making a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, rather than giving flowers.

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    15:53: Miliband on Madonna Eleanor Garnier, BBC Political correspondent
    Madonna

    Ed Miliband started his speech at the EEF conference with an admission of relief, relief that he hadn't stacked it on his way up to the podium and ended up on his backside. The Labour leader's joke was, of course, on Madonna and her mishap at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night. It would have been a truly remarkable achievement if he had fallen over because Mr Miliband was making a solo walk up onto the stage wearing a suit and tie. Madonna was decked out in a cape and heels whilst dancing and singing in a choreographed routine with a troop of performers.

    But Ed Miliband did at least sympathise with Madonna and even admitted that he'd had his fair share of difficult photo ops. If Madonna wanted any advice he said, "my people are happy to talk to her people".

     
  51.  
    15:32: More on defence spending

    The prime minister's spokeswoman said earlier that the government is spending 2% of GDP on defence and will do so next year. She said "we are confident we will spend 2% this year and in 2015/16."

     
  52.  
    15:31: 'Utterly let down' House of Commons Parliament

    Shadow work and pensions minister Stephen Timms is summing up for Labour in the Equitable Life debate. He says Conservative candidates and many Lib Dems were encouraged to sign a pledge promising to support and vote for "proper compensation for the victims of the Equitable Life scandal". He claims that the Equitable Members Action Group (EMAG) campaign now "feels utterly let down".

     
  53.  
    15:30: Defence spending

    Statistics published by the Ministry of Defence earlier this month said there is already a deficit of 6,100 personnel across all three services compared to the number of people needed to "achieve success in its agreed tasks". Professor Chalmers (mentioned in previous entry 15:20 GMT), who is also a special adviser to the government's National Security Strategy joint committee, adds: "Events in Ukraine have brought home a great concern about Russia which means thinking about different ways to organise our armed forces and different ways to deploy them."

     
  54.  
    15:22: 'High levels of migration simply constitute the new normal' BBC News Channel
    Don Flynn

    Don Flynn from the Migrants' Rights Network (MRN) says the immigration figures "reflect that the UK economy is growing once again".

    He tells the BBC News Channel: "I hope that we put aside rather daft targets as being things for government policy to aim for."

    And he says there need to be better "public education" on the issue.

    "If targets are measuring the wrong thing, if targets are achieving the wrong thing, then it's actually time to set them aside. The effect they are having is that they are obscuring the real policy issues, about what happens when we're living in a economy in which high levels of migration simply constitute the new normal," Mr Flynn adds.

     
  55.  
    15:20: Defence spending
    A Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft

    The UK must continue to invest in the armed forces if it is to remain capable of defending itself from evolving threats like Russia, a defence expert has said. Professor Malcolm Chalmers, research director at security think tank the Royal United Service Institute, said manpower is still "most vulnerable" if further cuts are to be announced in the next budget after the general election in May.

     
  56.  
    14:54: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe

    In its annual report earlier RBS said "a prosecuting authority in Germany is undertaking an investigation into Coutts & Co Ltd in Switzerland, and current and former employees, for alleged aiding and abetting of tax evasion by certain Coutts & Co Ltd clients". It adds the bank is "cooperating with the authority".

     
  57.  
    14:52: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe

    RBS chief executive Ross McEwan, says if any evidence of wrongdoing is discovered "we will come [down] incredibly hard on any of those issues". He adds the bank takes the situation seriously. He adds: "This is what has tarnished the banking industry and in my view private banks have taken far too long to catch up with the public's expectations." Coutts was founded in the late 17th century and is the bank used by the Queen. In 2003 it bought Zurich-based Bank von Ernst & Cie .

     
  58.  
    14:50: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe
    A Royal Bank of Scotland branch

    There's been a new development in the Swiss tax scandal. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) whose results you'll remember were published this morning and which remains 80% taxpayer owned, has said German prosecutors are looking at whether its private bank in Switzerland helped some clients evade tax.

     
  59.  
    14:35: 'Redouble our efforts' BBC Radio 5 live

    Alp Mehmet, the vice chair of Migration Watch, which calls for reduced levels of immigration to the UK, said the figures showed more needed to be done to limit the numbers of people coming to Britain to start a new life. He said: "Apart from it being disappointing for the prime minister, I'm sure that there are millions of people around this country who are going to be hugely disappointed. I think all this shows is that we've got to redouble our efforts to get numbers down; you just can't ignore an additional 300,000 people a year coming to this country, with all the pressures that that means, with the housing and the rest of it."

     
  60.  
    14:20: Manufacturers on Miliband
    he production line at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

    There's been some reaction to Ed Miliband's speech to manufacturers' organisation EEF earlier today. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF, says "Ed Miliband's clear support for manufacturing and engineering and its critical requirement for skills and innovation are welcome". He adds: "If Labour is in power later this year they must seek to build on what's worked well in the last few years - including sector industrial strategies, support for innovation and competitive business taxes."

     
  61.  
    @georgegalloway George Galloway - MP for Bradford West

    tweets: In fact the time has come for Ed Miliband to close down Bradford Labour and start again. I'm serious. And we would co-operate with him...

     
  62.  
    @Nigel_Farage Nigel Farage - UKIP leader

    tweets: The British public have said that UKIP has the most appropriate policies on immigration

     
  63.  
    @BBCWorldatOne 'Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    tweets: AUDIO: 'Jihadi John' background has "echoes of the case of Adebolajo" - @MingCampbellMP

     
  64.  
    13:57: Immigration The Spectator

    Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, writing on the magazine's website says: "The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net migration into the 'tens of thousands'. The pledge originated in a Thick-of-It style farce: it was an aspiration mentioned by Damian Green, then immigration spokesman, that caught media attention."

     
  65.  
    13:45: Immigration BBC Radio 4

    Yvette Cooper told the World at One "we [Labour] always warned" the Conservatives against making their net migration pledge. She adds it is "disgraceful" that Home Secretary Theresa May hasn't come out to respond today" to today's immigration figures.

     
  66.  
    13:30: 'Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper tells The World at One the unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi as "Jihadi John" points to a wider issue of people known to be vulnerable going out to Syria. She says Labour has previously questioned the wisdom of removing control orders the government. "Of course this is a very difficult area... but we can't get away from the need to prevent people from being radicalised," she adds.

     
  67.  
    @suttonnick Nick Sutton, editor BBC Radio 4's The World at One

    tweets: We wanted to intv Home Office Minister about immigration stats on @bbcworldatone. Unfortunately no one available.

    Empty chair
     
  68.  
    13:22: Immigration BBC Radio 4

    No 10 says the prime minister is "disappointed with today's immigration figures" but doesn't regret making his original promise ahead of the 2010 election to cut net migration to tens of thousands. Madeleine Sumption is the director of the Migration Observatory in Oxford and she tells the World at One that the main reasons for the increase in net migration is the better performance of the UK economy and the increase in the number of people looking for jobs in the UK.

     
  69.  
    13:21: Chart recap: Net migration over last decade
    Net migration graph

    You can read the news report on the net migration figures here.

     
  70.  
    13:17: 'Jhadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Sir Menzies Campbell says the security threat to the UK at the moment is so great that the government should look again at the funding it is proposing in the next parliament. He says the government is planning to increase funding by "only £100m" which isn't a great deal of money in the circumstances.

     
  71.  
    13:16: More migration stats Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    Some extra points on net migration, which has risen to 298,000 in the year ending December 2014.

    • In 2014 there were 8% more work-related visas - up 12,422 to 167,202
    • In 2014 study-related visas rose slightly up 0.7%
    • In 2014 there were 5% more family visas, 6% more asylum applications and enforced removals fell 6%.
    • The number of non-UK nationals in employment in October to December 2014 was 3m, an increase of 239,000 or 9% from the comparable quarter in 2013
    • This change was driven by EU nationals: EU nationals in employment increased to 1.8m (+269,000; +17%), whereas non-EU nationals in employment decreased to 1.1m (-29,000; -2.5%).
     
  72.  
    13:13: "Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Security services have known for some time that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was Kuwaiti-born British man Mohammed Emwazi, it has emerged. The Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell who sits on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, claims he only discovered the identity of Emwazi himself today. He says although the committee is entitled to evidence relating to certain security operations it is only entitled to that evidence after the operations have been completed, so as to avoid "a running commentary".

     
  73.  
    12:59: Miliband woos manufacturers

    Ed Miliband has pledged to be a "champion" for engineering and manufacturing if he becomes prime minister after the general election. At the EEF conference, the Labour leader warned company bosses they may not always agree with what his government does. But he insisted they would always have "a voice", adding: "Our future depends on you."

     
  74.  
    12:54: BBC' hopeful' over election debates (pt2)
    First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson

    But Mr Robinson has said he hadn't heard anything from the BBC representatives that was new or strengthened what he described as their "threadbare argument". He said his party would await an outcome to its appeal to the BBC Trust, which is expected to be heard next month, and this would provide the BBC and other broadcasters with an opportunity to change their position before the matter goes to court.

     
  75.  
    12:53: BBC 'hopeful' over election debates (pt1)

    The BBC's director of news and current affairs, James Harding, says he remains extremely hopeful that UK general election TV debates will be broadcast as planned in April. Mr Harding met the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, Peter Robinson, in Belfast today to discuss the DUP's complaint that they have not been invited to take part in a seven party debate, even though Scottish and Welsh nationalists will participate.

     
  76.  
    12:46: Meaningless target Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    The net migration target is a meaningless one, Labour's David Hanson tells Daily Politics. The shadow immigration minister is pressed over whether Labour has a target number. Mr Hanson refuses to do so, saying he is interested in the long term interests of the British economy. He does say he would take students out of the immigration figures - "about 80,000 a year".

     
  77.  
    @daily_politics Race for City Hall Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    London mayor bid: "There could still be candidates who may come out of the woodwork later on, I don't know who they are though" @IvanMassow

     
  78.  
    12:33: Not looking back in anger... Brian Wheeler Political reporter
    Noel Gallagher

    UKIP's Steven Woolfe has another claim to fame (apart from appearing on Britain's top rated lunchtime politics show). The former hedge fund lawyer, who grew up in a tough part of Manchester, was in the same primary school class as Oasis star Noel Gallagher. He once told me the famously gobby rock legend was a "straightforward" character. As if to prove the point, Gallagher said last week that Nigel Farage "doesn't look capable of running a corner shop, let alone a country".

     
  79.  
    12:23: UKIP on migration figures Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Steven woolfe

    UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe tells the Daily Politics "there needs to be a radical review of how we deal with net migration". He says UKIP would set a cap on gross migration into the UK of "50,000 for those who have the right to work with the option for permanent residence here". There would still be flexibility for short term work needs, he says, but that move "would take out 167,000 of these figures each year".

    Earlier Mr Woolfe told reporters government policy was "fatally holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast".

     
  80.  
    12:22: Pic: The Daily Politics line-up Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics
     
  81.  
    12:19: Empty chaired Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics graphic

    The net migration figures are being discussed on Daily Politics now. Andrew Neil says no Conservative ministers, or MPs were available to come on to the show to discuss the figures. He reads out a list of questions that he would have asked them.

     
  82.  
    12:08: PM on Savile report Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said David Cameron believes that the fact that Jimmy Savile's "horrific abuse was allowed to go on for so long" shows the need to learn lessons, which is why the government set up the Kate Lampard review. She said decisions on prosecutions are a matter for the prosecuting authorities, the issue for the government is "to make sure such horrific abuse does not happen in future".

    The spokeswoman said there are already stronger incentives for staff and managers to pass on information about their concerns, but she said "the prime minister wants to do more". She said he is committed to consulting on mandatory reporting of child abuse and will now seek to extend that to vulnerable adults too.

     
  83.  
    12:03: 'Jihadi John' named Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said she would not confirm or deny reports that Jihadi John has been named as Mohammed Emwazi. She said "we do not confirm or deny matters relating to the intelligence services". On the alleged murders of British hostages, she said "we are absolutely determined to bring the perpetrators to justice" and said the police and security services are working hard to do that.

     
  84.  
    11:59: A packed show Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Coming up on the Daily Politics from 12:00-13:00: Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn on the report into Jimmy Savile which described him as an "opportunistic predator" at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and talking migration figures with UKIP's Steven Woolfe and Labour's David Hanson, plus the future of the BBC licence fee.

    They will also hear about Ivan Massow's bid to be a future mayor of London, and he talks gay politics with Peter Tatchell. And Conservative MP Robert Jenrick, will draw on his past work for Christies, as he looks at the finances and rare antiquities of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

    You can watch the programme live on the 'Live coverage' tab above.

     
  85.  
    11:54: Chart: Net migration over the years
    Net migration over the years
     
  86.  
    Hugh Pym Health editor

    tweets: Andy Burnham calls for more formal inquiry into role of Dept of Health,ministers,hospital chiefs in giving Savile power at Stoke Mandeville

     
  87.  
    11:50: Labour response on Savile House of Commons Parliament
    Andy Burnham

    Shadow health Secretary Andy Burnham lends Labour's support to Jeremy Hunt's announcement. "It beggars belief that abuse on this scale known to many people was allowed to go on", he says. He adds that increasing accountability must now be the priority for "this government and the next, and the next".

     
  88.  
    11:48: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Jeremy Hunt says the government will now consult on making the reporting of sexual abuse of children and adults mandatory, with a view to implementing the change.

     
  89.  
    11:47: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Mr Hunt says he is not accepting the recommendation that all volunteers should have an increased criminal record check, as it would be wrong to substitute national database for "local common sense". He adds that this measure would not have stopped Jimmy Savile - a fact conceded by Kate Lampard.

     
  90.  
    11:44: PM on migration figures

    Downing Street has reacted to the migration figures. A spokeswoman said the Prime Minister "is disappointed".

    "He had said previously that we have not made as much progress as he would like but he had also said that he doesn't regret making this commitment because he thinks it is in the interests of our country, that we will have a better, stronger country, if we have lower net migration."

     
  91.  
    11:40: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament
    Jeremy Hunt

    There are further investigations going on in schools and hospitals, Mr Hunt says, and he encourages victims to come forward.

    He tells MPs that the report found that Jimmy Savile exploited his victims because of the specialist care were only be able to receive at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

    Nine complaints were made, including one formal complaint, but all were ignored because of Savile's celebrity status and the money he brought to the hospital, Mr Hunt says.

     
  92.  
    11:38: Hunt statement on Savile abuse

    More from the health secretary's statement: "We have a collective responsibility to investigate all serious allegations properly in a way that simply didn't happen time after time."

     
  93.  
    11:35: Breaking News

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has begun giving an oral statement in the Commons on the Savile abuse reports. "Never again must the power of money or celebrity blind us to ... clear signals" that minors were being abused, he says.

     
  94.  
    11:34: House building plan

    Mr Cable says there is a "massive" issue of affordability, especially in London. He adds the housing crisis is "profoundly damaging", and that more needs to be done to help builders access finance. Councils should also be encouraged to build houses, and more public land should be freed up for development, he adds.

     
  95.  
    11:30: House building plan unveiled
    A general view of roof workers building new houses

    Plans to tackle the housing crisis, including building more homes off-site to cut costs and increase productivity, have been unveiled by the government. Business Secretary Vince Cable says there is an urgent demand for new, affordable homes because only 150,000 houses were built last year, half the number needed.

     
  96.  
    Immigration Terence Ward from Cheshire

    These numbers show that currently the UK government has no powers to police our borders. Something needs to change, either change EU laws to allow us to control our borders from poorer EU countries or we have to seriously think about our membership of the EU. I don't want to leave the EU if it is agreed it is better to stay but we are under an attack of immigrants who are flocking here for a better life, which is in turn changing life as we know it in a detrimental way.

     
  97.  
    11:21: Rotherham commissioners announced

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has just announced the commissioners he will be nominating to investigate the Rotherham child abuse scandal. He has nominated Sir Derek Myers to be the Lead Commissioner. Stella Manzie CBE will take the role of the managing director commissioner, and Malcolm Newsam will be nominated as children's social care commissioner. Mary Ney and Julie Kenny CBE will be nominated as supporting commissioners.

     
  98.  
    11:12: Minister criticises rival parties BBC News Channel

    James Brokenshire also tells Norman Smith that "unfortunately" the Lib Dems and Labour are not committed in the same way to cutting migration numbers to sustainable levels as the Conservatives are "and", he adds, "UKIP certainly don't have any answers".

     
  99.  
    11:12: 'Sustainable levels' of migration is target BBC News Channel
    James Brokenshire

    Asked by Norman Smith if the target of getting net migration below 100,000 will be a pledge again at this year's election James Brokenshire says the Conservatives' goal remains to get net migration figures down to long-term sustainable levels.

     
  100.  
    11:04: Minister blames EU and Lib Dems BBC News Channel

    In an interview with Norman Smith to be shown shortly on the BBC News Channel, immigration minister James Brokenshire says the net migration stats - up to 298,000 in the new figures for the year to September 2014 - are disappointing. But he says the government has "said for some time that our target of reducing net migration... would not be met because of the pressures from the EU. We have also been constrained in government by Liberal Democrats who don't have that same aim and focus on reducing net migration down."

     

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