Bexley MPs divided over Margaret Thatcher funeral spend

PUBLISHED: 12:38 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 19 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher's funeral took place on Wednesday

Margaret Thatcher's funeral took place on Wednesday

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Bexley MPs are divided over spending £10 million on Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday.

While Conservative politicians David Evennett and James Brokenshire justified the ceremony Labour MP Teresa Pearce criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for cancelling Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Pearce, for Erith and Thamesmead, said: “I am afraid I didn’t see the funeral as I was busy working for my constituents but I am very disappointed that this money is being spent on the funeral for such a divisive former Prime Minister when the government says there is no money to help disabled people or to run essential public services properly.

“I am also concerned that Prime Ministers Questions was cancelled, it’s important that the PM is held to account by parliament and there has not been one since the budget.”

But Mr Brokenshire, for Old Bexley and Sidcup, countered: “Her leadership transformed the prospects of our country at a time when we were in deep difficulties.

“The event was entirely appropriate when considering her achievements, her service to our country and the way she changed the course of British history.”

Mr Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was similarly moved by the service for Baroness Thatcher.

He said: “It was an impressive and moving funeral which was a worthy tribute to the life of an outstanding lady.”

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