Thatcher pulls out of birthday party due to illness

By Ian Dunt

Margaret Thatcher has pulled out her birthday party in Downing Street tonight after being taken ill with flu.

The former prime minister was scheduled to appear at the party in her former residence this evening.

At her insistence, the gathering will take place anyway, with David Cameron attending.

Guests, who include former members of her Cabinet, colleagues and friends, will be invited to return to celebrate her 85th birthday at No 10 once she has recovered.