Birmingham City Council will fly the city’s official flag at half-mast today as a mark of respect during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.
The authority was last week condemned by Conservatives for not lowering the flag over the Council House following the announcement of the former Prime Minister’s death.
The ruling Labour leadership said there was no precedent for the gesture and it would only do so if the politician concerned was directly linked to Birmingham.
But council leader said the flag would now be lowered after officials sought guidance over the correct protocol.
“We have taken advice and will lower the flag of Birmingham, which is flown daily over the Council House, to mark the funeral of Lady Thatcher,” he said.
The guidance revealed that, while there was no requirement to lower the flag on the announcement of a death, it should be lowered during the funeral of an ex-Prime Minister.
Conservative group deputy leader Robert Alden said: “I am very pleased that Sir Albert has seen sense and will observe the correct protocol by lowering the flag for Lady Thatcher’s funeral.”
In London, more than 4,000 police officers were due to be on the streets today in a bid to ensure the funeral went ahead without violence.
The body of Lady Thatcher, who died last week aged 87, lay in an underground chapel beneath Parliament last night.
Her coffin was due to leave the Palace of Westminster at 10am, dressed with the Union Flag, and travel by hearse to the Church of St Clement Danes, the RAF Chapel, nearby. From there it was to be transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King’s Troop Royal Artillery and travel to St Paul’s.
Argentina’s ambassador to London declined an invitation to attend her funeral, Downing Street said. Lady Thatcher ordered British troops to the Falklands in 1982 after Argentine soldiers seized control.