Thatcher set to lose out in statue battle

Image copyright Fine Structures
Image caption The bronze statue has already been produced

Margaret Thatcher looks set to miss out to two pioneering feminists within the battle to be the first woman to get a statue in Parliament Square.

Rival campaigns possess battled for years to be first to place a statue of a woman ahead of the Houses of Parliament.

The race was won simply by advocates of suffragist and business union leader Millicent Fawcett.

She is set to join the particular 10 men in the square, which includes Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, later this year.

A rival campaign, led simply by former Conservative MP Sir Neil Thorne, and backed by the 1st female Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd, argued Emmeline Pankhurst should have already been immortalised in bronze instead, since she is far better known than Microsoft Fawcett.

Westminster Council has not ruled out a sculpture to Ms Pankhurst in the sq . at some stage – provided campaigners move an existing statute of the suffragette leader that stands in close by Victoria Gardens first, but they appear to be less convinced of the case for the Thatcher monument, even though it has already been developed by sculptor Douglas Jennings.

Advocates of a Lady Thatcher sculpture stayed out of the Pankhurst/Fawcett battle, regardless of a planning application for a monument to Britain’s first woman leading minister being considered by Westminster Council at the same time.

The particular council’s planning committee is due to election on the Thatcher proposal next Wednesday, but council officers have suggested refusal.

Image copyright laws Hulton Archive
Picture caption Millicent Fawcett was obviously a pioneering feminist

The Royal Parks Company, which owns the land, as well as the Metropolitan Police have expressed issue that a Thatcher statue would bring in protests.

The Regal Institution of Chartered Surveyors furthermore objected to having a statue from the Iron Lady near its Parliament Square headquarters because she was obviously a “controversial character” who would be probably a target for vandalism plus “abuse”.

“This can easily extend to our building plus, potentially, to our staff and expert members who use the building.

“There is a actual physical risk if projectiles are tossed at the statue and hit house and/or individuals direct, ” stated RICS in its submission to the authorities.

Picture caption The Emmeline Pankhurst statue is set to be moved

But council resources say the biggest factor influencing your decision – apart from there already getting too many statues in the area – will probably be the fact that the Thatcher family got objected to the design.

Officials also cited the “10-year rule”, which suggests monuments to market leaders should not be erected until at least ten years after their death, although this particular rule was broken to allow the statue of Nelson Mandela within 2007.

Richard Beddoe, chairman of Westminster City Authorities planning, said: “The council is not able to comment on outstanding planning applications. This particular scheme will be considered on the merits and in line with authorities policy at our planning panel on 23 January. ”

Picture caption Pamela Cox: Perhaps you should have two statues?

The Millicent Fawcett statue, designed by Turner Prize-winning designer Gillian Wearing, will commemorate the particular centenary of women winning the right in order to vote.

The original style had to be amended as councillors had been concerned Ms Fawcett – who might be carrying a banner reading “courage calls to courage everywhere” : looked like she was hanging out cleaning, based on the Daily Telegraph.

Ms Pankhurst favoured more revolutionary and militant tactics than Microsoft Fawcett, who founded the Nationwide Union of Women’s Suffrage Communities in 1897, in the battle in order to win women the vote.

Historian and sociologist Pamela Cox, who presented 2 BBC documentary series’ Shopgirls plus Servants, argued that both females should be commemorated in bronze.

“There are so few figurines of women in the capital – as well as – across the country. We can surely pay for to commemorate both de facto leaders of the women’s suffrage strategy, ” said Ms Cox, inside a submission to the council.

But Westminster Council said the present statue of Ms Pankhurst would need to be moved before they would think about erecting another one in the square reverse Parliament.