Margaret Thatcher Dead: NUS President Calls For 'Respect' After Reports Of Cheering

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Margaret Thatcher has died
Margaret Thatcher has died

The head of the National Union of Students has called for the conference hall to act respectfully after reports around 20 or 30 delegates cheered at the news of Margaret Thatcher's death.

According to reports, a female delegate told the Sheffield hall: “This is a day I’ll never forget. For those of you who’ve seen the news, you’ll know what I mean,” to cheers from the crowd.


Aidan Miller
Think it's disgusting that some delegates at were applauding at the death of so hope it wasn't anyone from

NUS President Liam Burns was forced to admonish the hall, asking the NUS conference "to think very carefully indeed about how you respond to this news as conference continues."

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In comments posted on the NUS website, he told the hall: "Now, let me be clear, I’m the last person to agree with Margaret Thatcher’s politics or her policy record as prime minister. But we must not forget that an elderly woman has just died.


Rhys Taylor
Here's hoping that delegates weren't part of the Thacther-cheering.

He added: "She had family, friends, colleagues and supporters who will want to pay their respects at this time. It's not just that this would reflect extremely badly upon us if we were to show disrespect at this time. We are better than that. We believe there is such thing as humanity. There is such a thing as sensitivity. And there is such a thing as respect."

Although the Tab reports that the cheering did not come from NUS leadership but from delegates, some students have seized upon the reaction in the hall to condemn the association.


Mrs H-M
I'm appalled that you applauded Lady Thatcher's death, those who did should be ashamed & mortified at their own behaviour!

Flo Hawking
I am appalled to hear that cheered the death of Maggie T. Whether you loved or loathed her, this is just disrespectful.

Daily Referendum
The NUS cheer Margaret Thatcher's death - if these fools are our future - we are screwed.
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