York Council in Thatcher Flag Row
7:58pm 16th April 2013
City of York Council is defending its decision not to fly flags at it's buildings at half mast for Lady Thatcher's funeral tomorrow.
North Yorkshire County Council has told Minster FM it will fly its flag at half mast tomorrow when the former Prime Minister is laid to rest in a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
The flag at East Riding of Yorkshire Council is already at half mast in tribute to Margaret Thatcher, a spokesman for the authority said.
York's Conservative Group leader Ian Gillies has written to the council's Chief Executive Kersten England to ask why the same policy has not been carried out in the city.
He says he has questions he wants answered:
James Alexander, leader of City of York Council responded: “My thoughts are with Margaret Thatcher's family during this sad time. During the previous passing of Prime Minister's such as Ted Heath, City of York Council didn't lower the Mansion House civic flag and therefore ordinary York protocol is being observed with respect to the sad death of Margaret Thatcher.
“We have previously lowered the flag to mark the deaths of people with a strong local connection, most recently when former Lord Mayor Cyril Waite died and when soldiers attached to the Yorkshire Regiment were killed in Afghanistan. There is no known precedent for flying a flag at half mast in York for prime ministers and there is no record of this ever having been done.”
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