Margaret Thatcher was condemned for holding sections of society in "brutal contempt" on Wednesday, as Labour MPs attacked the legacy left behind by the former prime minister.
David Cameron recalled parliament today in order to give MPs a chance to debate the former Tory prime minister's time in office in the wake of her death at 87 from a stroke.
Ed Miliband praised the impact Thatcher had on the country even though he disagreed with many of Thatcher's policies. However the Labour leader's criticisms were more muted than those of some of his backbenchers.
Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn angrily denounced Thatcher for promoting "greed, selfishness and no care for the weaker".
"By far the most dramatic and heinous demonstration of Thatcherism [was] where every single shop doorway, every single night, became the bedroom, the living room, the bathroom for the homeless," she said.
Over shouts of "sit down Glenda" from Tory MPs, Jackson said Thatcher had done "extraordinary human damage' by failing to recognise the value of "every single human being".
And she said she did not recognise the cross-party appreciation of Thatcher for being the first female prime minister. She said Thatcher was "a woman, but not on my terms".
Jackson added many women who she grew up with "would not have recognised their definition of womanliness" in Thatcher.
Walsall North MP David Winnick said Thatcher showed "indifference and at time almost brutal contempt for those who lost their jobs" during her time in No.10 in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Instead of support, instead of understanding of what it meant for those who lose their jobs, it almost seemed like the government of the day blamed the people who were made redundant as if it was their fault," he said.
"It's right and proper that this should be said today," Winnick said over heckles from some Tory MPs. "Lady thatcher was a divisive figure and she would not have one moment argued otherwise. One thing we could agree in this House, consensus was not her favourite word."
Shadow health minister Diane Abbott said there were many people up and down the country "who felt themselves to be on the wrong side of the titanic battles in which she fought".
"This House should not give the appearance that their voice cannot be heard. Those of us who came of age in the Thatcher era know there was another side to the glories which the members on the other benches have been talking about."
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