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Statues and monuments in Leeds to be reviewed following BLM

LEEDS City Council launched an independent public consultation into the city’s statues and monuments today, following concerns rising from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement about commemorating slave traders.

The review by the Labour-controlled council will seek recommendations on how the city “could better honour and represent inclusivity and diversity in public spaces.”

It will be chaired by Alison Lowe, who was the first female black city councillor in Leeds serving from 1990-2019. 

“As a historian myself I am delighted to have been asked to chair this review and have already discovered new facets of the history of Leeds and its people through our early investigations,” Ms Lowe said.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: “We look forward to seeing the report by Alison and her colleagues and considering how to move forward in a positive way that represents the modern, diverse multicultural city of Leeds which we are all proud of.”

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