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SNP MP: preserve Davison plaque

LIVINGSTON MP Hannah Bardell called on the Palace of Westminster yesterday to better preserve its plaque to Emily Wilding Davison — and do more to “honour women in British history.”

The SNP business spokeswoman praised the “fantastic” plaque to the Suffragette martyr, who died under the king’s horse during the Epsom Derby in 1913.

The memorial — placed in the cupboard where Davison spent the night of the 1911 census — was put up without permission by the late Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn in a dead-of-night operation in 1991.

But Ms Bardell said the cupboard in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft has become “a dumping ground, with computer equipment currently restricting access,” and called for it to be cleared.

“I was delighted to see a new artwork installation in Parliament this week to mark 150 years of the Suffragette movement,” she said.

“However, we could do a great deal more to honour women in parliamentary history. Emily Wilding Davison was a strong and honourable Suffragette who ultimately gave her life for the cause of women’s suffrage.”

A parliamentary spokeswoman said that the location of the cupboard meant it was "not possible" for it to form part of tours but that information was available online.

"The plaque is an important part of Parliament's commemoration of the vital work of the suffrage movement, which includes a permanent public exhibition of suffragette artefacts and New Dawn, a new permanent art installation,: said the spokeswoman, adding that the exhibition was intended to represent "all of the individuals who made up the movement, rather than only one of them."


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