The BBC has agreed to screen only fragments of pictures of Sir Edward Heath in the days leading up to the funeral of Lady Thatcher after complaints of bad taste by Thatcher supporters.
Tens of thousands of photographs of Sir Edward Heath have been appearing on social network sites, leading to accusations they were being taken over by activists opposed to Lady Thatcher.
'The BBC should ban photographs of Heath,' said a spokesman for the Tory party, 'and put a stop this nasty campaign against a great leader.'
Anarchists have threatened to fill the route of Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday in London with hundreds of people wearing grinning Heath masks.
A BBC statement said that although it would be wrong to ban pictures of Sir Edward from television screens, it had decided to show just parts of his face, 'such as an eyebrow, ear, or chin or two' out of respect for Lady Thatcher.
Friends of Sir Edward are reported to be sulking.