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MAYOR AND WESTMINSTER AT LOGGERHEADS OVER A SECOND NELSON FOR TRAFALGAR SQUARE

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London mayor Ken Livingstone and Westminster City Council are at loggerheads ...
London mayor Ken Livingstone and Westminster City Council are at loggerheads

over a proposals for a statue of Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square, BBC

Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Mr Livingstone accused Westminster councillors of being opposed to Mr

Mandela. 'A lot of the people who, back in the 1980s in the Federation of

Conservative Students were wearing T shirts saying 'Hang Nelson Mandela',

have managed to work their way through the structure of Westminster

politics,' he said.

He said Nelson Mandela was recognised and respected by the public and

symbolised the end of empire, just as Lord Nelson symbolised the beginning

of the British Empire.

But Westminster City Council leader Simon Milton said this Mr Livingstone's

comments were a smear on councillors and he demanded an apology. The

application for the statue had not yet been put to the planning committee,

he said.

'We have no objection to a statue of Nelson Mandela and he will be the first

living person to have a statue in central London,' Mr Milton said. But the

council's public arts panel says the actual proposed statue is not good

enough.

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