Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Plans for statue of Margaret Thatcher in Westminster already underway

A portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left next to floral tributes outside her residence in Chester Square, London
A portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left next to floral tributes outside her residence in Chester Square, London
Floral tributes outside Baroness Thatcher's residence in Chester Square, London
Floral tributes outside Baroness Thatcher's residence in Chester Square, London
File photo dated 08/11/05 of Margaret Thatcher at the memorial service for former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, at Westminster Abbey in central London. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA story DEATH Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA Wire
File photo dated 08/11/05 of Margaret Thatcher at the memorial service for former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, at Westminster Abbey in central London. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. See PA story DEATH Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA Wire

Planners are understood to be looking at Parliament Square in Westminster as a potential site for a new statue of Baroness Thatcher.

Senior figures including Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond have indicated support for a new monument to the former prime minister in the heart of the capital.

A spokesman for the London mayor said it would be a "fitting honour for the greatest peacetime prime minister of the 20th century".

David Cameron has welcomed the suggestions, but insisted now is not the time to make a decision.

Sources have played down the prospect of the statue going on the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square, pointing out it is already successfully hosting artworks.

Len Duvall, leader of the Labour group on the London Assembly, has warned that that location would be "inappropriate" and "crass triumphalism".

Instead, the mayor's office, Westminster Council and Government are looking at a variety of central London sites, including Parliament Square.

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