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Defence Secretary Des Browne has announced that The Queen has agreed that there will be a national memorial day and service at Westminster Abbey to mark the passing of the last World War I veteran.  This is not quite the proposal for a state funeral for the last veteran, that was proposed by Iain Duncan Smith, but it is a victory for the campaign that IDS led.  It is very possible that today’s announcement would never have been made if Mr Duncan Smith’s cross-party campaign had not taken place.

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