Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

The actress will play the former prime minister in the forthcoming biopic <em>The Iron Lady</em>.

Thatcher is back. Meryl Streep will play the former prime minister in the forthcoming biopic The Iron Lady, which has started filming this week in London. In make-up, there seems to be little between the Tory prime minister and the Academy Award-winning actress. Streep has the iconic Thatcher bouffant and the famous pearl necklace.

Streep caused a stir last month when she visited the Commons and watched David Cameron take on Ed Miliband at Prime Minister's Questions. Jim Broadbent has been confirmed as Thatcher's long-suffering husband, Denis.

HOLLYWOOD UPDATE: Check out this picture of David Hasselhoff and some guy in a suit (via Politics Home).

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.