Parliament recalled to pay tribute to Thatcher

LONDON (Reuters) - The parliament will be recalled from a holiday break to hold a special session in honour of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday.

"To show its respect, the Speaker has agreed to recall Parliament on Wednesday for a special session in which tributes will be paid," said Prime Minister David Cameron, who cut short a visit to Europe to return to Britain after the news of Thatcher's death was announced.

In a hastily-arranged press conference outside the Downing Street office from where Thatcher had governed from 1979 to 1990, Cameron said the country had lost a great Briton.

"It is over 30 years since she stood here in Downing Street for the first time. And her impact - here and abroad - is still remarkable," he said.

"Margaret Thatcher loved this country and served it with all she had. For that she has her well-earned place in history - and the enduring respect and gratitude of the British people."

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)