LONDON – British lawmakers are returning from vacation to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as preparations get under way for a funeral filled with ceremony and security headaches.
Prime Minister David Cameron will lead praise for Thatcher Wednesday during a special session of the House of Commons, recalled from Easter break after the former leader's death on Monday.
Such sessions are usual for former premiers, but are generally brief. More than seven hours has been set aside for Thatcher, a reflection of her status as one of Britain's most iconic — and divisive — leaders.
That division continues, with some questioning the public expense of her April 17 funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Police and security officials are planning for potential disruption from anti-Thatcher protesters or Irish Republican Army dissidents.