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Student apology for Thatcher call
Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet
The call to celebrate Baroness Thatcher's death was withdrawn
A student leader has apologised after apparently calling for a celebration when the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies.

Richard Angell, president of the Guild of Students at the University of Birmingham, tabled the motion "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" for discussion.

He said it was a mistaken effort to get people passionate in Thursday's debate at the Guild Council.

Conservative city councillor Alan Rudge called the motion "beyond the pale".

It reportedly described Baroness Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, as the most hated Premier to date and called on the Guild to pay for a drunken party when she dies.

'Lively debate'

In a statement, the Guild Council said: "The motion about the former Prime Minister was an attempt to get students involved in the lively debate and was never intended to pass. It was in the ethos of being provoking and stimulating."

Richard Angell said: "In my efforts to get people passionate, I made a mistake and I apologise.

"It was never intended to cause a level of offence but get students involved with the debates of the evening."

Councillor Alan Rudge said: "By all means have a debate about her legacy, but this is tasteless and shows a complete lack of respect all too common these days.

"Whatever politics, I would never dance on someone's grave," he said.


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