A petition set up less than a week ago has now been signed by almost 70,000 people, urging Westminster council to block a plan to move a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst from Tower Gardens next to Parliament.
Those against the proposal say the location of the tribute was chosen by Pankhurst's fellow suffragettes, as a deliberate and significant reminder of the sacrifice she made.
In response, Westminster City Council said:
We have received applications from Sir Neil Thorne to remove the memorial to Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst from Victoria Tower Gardens and re-erect it in the forecourt of Regent’s University in order to accommodate the applicant’s intention to place a new memorial to Pankhurst in a more prominent position in Parliament Square. The applications is are currently under public consultation and will be considered at a future planning committee. We fully understand the strength of feeling connected to this proposal and will take all views into consideration. We cannot and should not comment further until the planning process has run its course.