Pendle MP backs plan to rename Big Ben

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PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has revealed his support for proposals to rename the Palace of Westminster’s iconic north tower.

Officially called the Clock Tower but often called Big Ben, MPs have suggested renaming it the Elizabeth Tower, in recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which marks 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country.

The MP explained: “After Queen Victoria, our current Queen has become only the second monarch to reign for 60 years. She only has about three and half years until she overtakes Queen Victoria to become the longest reigning monarch we have ever had, though of course I hope she continues much longer than that. She is truly remarkable.

“The south tower of the Palace of Westminster was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemorate Queen Victoria’s long reign, so this kind of honour has been given before. As it is the Diamond Jubilee this year, I feel it is the right time to rename the Clock Tower.

“That over 200 other MPs have already pledged their support for the name change shows how deeply loved our Queen is. It would be a fitting tribute to Her Majesty in honour of her dedication and commitment to the people of the UK.”

Mr Stephenson joins Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans, who pledged his support recently.