LET’S COMMEMORATE WORCESTERSHIRE’S PLACE IN OUR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY SAYS MP
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LET’S COMMEMORATE WORCESTERSHIRE’S PLACE IN OUR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY SAYS MP

With just two years to go to two major anniversaries in which Worcestershire plays a key part, one of the county’s MPs is urging the Royal Mail and Parliament to make sure they are properly celebrated.

Peter Luff, the MP for Mid Worcestershire explained,

“In 2015 we will be marking the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the first English Parliament – and the key figures behind both are closely associated with our county.

“King John who put his name, however reluctantly, to the Magna Carta, lies buried in Worcester Cathedral and Simon de Montfort, who called that first Parliament in 1265, was killed at the Battle of Evesham later the same year.

“I understand quite detailed plans are being laid for the Magna Carta anniversary, with a special national committee having been formed, but what is happening to make sure the other anniversary is properly commemorated?”

As a first step, Peter has written to the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail, Moya Greene, saying,

“I write to draw your attention to an important anniversary occurring in 2015, which really does deserve a commemorative stamp to be issued. In 1265, Simon de Montfort founded what is now generally recognised as the first representative English Parliament. He died later the same year at the Battle of Evesham in my Parliamentary constituency, hence my double interest in this anniversary.

“In 1965, the 700th anniversary was commemorated with a series of attractive stamps designed, if I remember correctly, by David Gentleman. The more significant 750th anniversary occurs in 2015 and there is an overwhelming case for Royal Mail to issue a stamp to commemorate this important milestone in democracy - a milestone not just in England and subsequently the United Kingdom, but for the world given the role of our Parliament as the ‘Mother of Parliaments’.

“I do hope you will be able to reassure me that Royal Mail is considering issuing such a stamp or set of stamps to commemorate this significant anniversary.”

Peter explained,

“We must ensure that both these anniversaries are properly marked. I will also be raising the 750th anniversary of Parliament with the Leader of the Commons and the Speaker. And I hope local organisations will do all they can to ensure that our county and the town of Evesham in particular get real benefit from this significant year.”

ENDS

Details of the Magna Carta Committee can be found here; http://magnacarta800th.com/magna-carta-today/the-magna-carta-800th-committe/


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