Grassroots protest: demonstrators outside Grove Hotel in Watford, during the annual Bilderberg conference in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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Michael Meacher MP speaks during a tribute to Baroness Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

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