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Margaret Thatcher Dead: Arthur Scargill Responds To The News

11/04/2013 21:38 BST | Updated 11/04/2013 21:39 BST

Margaret Thatcher's most famous foe, former miners' leader Arthur Scargill, has responded to news of her death.

The former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, who clashed spectacularly with the Prime Minister during the 1984/85 miners' strike, replied by text message to a friend.

Ken Capstick said he sent him a text message simply stating: "Thatcher dead", to which the former union leader replied: "Scargill alive!".

Capstick told ITV News: "I'd been talking to Arthur some 10 minutes earlier so I sent him a text message, a very short one, just said 'Thatcher dead'. I received one almost instantly saying 'Scargill alive!' and he's very much alive.

"We now have a situation where the government and the establishment have a funeral on their hands which they wish they didn't have. They need this like a hole in the head."