Statue is proposed for Emily

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A CAMPAIGN is under way to have Northumberland Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison honoured in Parliament.

The women’s rights campaigner made history with her tragic protest at the 1913 Epsom Derby when she was struck by the King’s horse as she attempted to pin the Suffragette colours to its reins.

She suffered serious injuries and was never to recover.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the route for her London funeral and subsequent journey to St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth, where she was laid to rest.

This year, in the centenary of her death, events have taken place across Northumberland to remember the former Longhorsley resident, whose family roots are in Morpeth.

And now a national campaign has been launched to have a statue of Emily erected in the Houses of Parliament.

An online petition has been created by Frances Simmons calling for the tribute, especially as there are only six statues of women among the 100 non-Royal statues in the Palace of Westminster.

More than 700 people have signed the petition so far, which closes in June next year. If 100,000 signatures are collected it could be debated in Parliament.

Northumberland Emily Inspires working group Chairman Andrew Tebbutt said: “We certainly support this approach. The Suffragette movement was very important for democracy and therefore if Parliament is the mother of all Parliaments and Emily was fighting for women’s suffrage there should be a statue of her in Parliament.

“There are other significant people remembered in Parliament and Emily stands alongside them in terms of importance in the way this country’s democracy has evolved.”

Coun Tebbutt says the Emily Inspires team is considering how Emily can be honoured locally.

To sign the petition log on to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51269