A Labour hopeful to be London Mayor today called for statues of stars like the singer Adele to go up around the capital.
David Lammy said hard-working celebrities like the multi-award winning musician would inspire young people.
In a speech at Goldsmiths University the Tottenham MP said: “Walk through Central London and you’ll pass statue after statue celebrating iconic Londoners, “But why are these mostly limited to Zone One?”
He claimed central zones were already packed full of statues of famous Londoners but outer-boroughs should celebrate their cultural icons too.
It could mean a statue of David Beckham in Leytonstone, Vidal Sassoon in Hammersmith or Lennox Lewis in West Ham.
Mr Lammy highlighted statistics showing Londoners from poorer backgrounds are less likely to have visited culture institutions than wealthier peers in the last year .
He has already said poorer Londoners are “being written out of the script” when it comes to cinema, revealing 27 out of 73 London constituencies did not include a cinema.
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