10/04/2013 16:27 BST | Updated 11/04/2013 11:10 BST

Bob Crow Says Margaret Thatcher Can 'Rot In Hell'

Union leader Bob Crow has said Margaret Thatcher can "rot in hell" for what she did to the country during her time as prime minister.

Crow, the general secretary of the RMT union, told BBC Radio London on Wednesday evening that Thatcher

"created an ideological argument to attack working people" during her time in office and that there were "loads of loads of people who lost their houses, jobs and committed suicide because of what she did".

"She has got nothing in common at all with working people," he said. She didn't die in a hospice, she died in the Ritz, somewhere no working people could stay for one night."

"I wont shed one single tear over her death," he added. "She destroyed the NHS and destroyed industry in this country and as far as I'm concerned she can rot in hell."

Crow's comments came as MPs and peers debated Thatcher's legacy during a special session of parliament. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg struck a conciliatory tone recognising the strong views people held on her time in office.

However some Labour MPs attacked the former prime minister's legacy. Glenda Jackson, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, angrily denounced Thatcher for promoting "greed, selfishness and no care for the weaker".


More than 700 armed forces personnel will take part in the funeral Thatcher, with her coffin to be carried to St Paul's cathedral those from units particularly associated with the Falklands conflict.

Tony Blair and his wife Cherie as well as Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah have confirmed they will attend the funeral. A number of high-profile guests are also expected to attend from across the world.