Dame Rosemary pleased to join Chartist commemoration

Dame Rosemary pleased to join Chartist commemoration

Dame Rosemary pleased to join Chartist commemoration

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THE National Assembly’s presiding officer has told the Argus she’s looking forward to working on the new independent commission to find and fundraise for a replacement to the Chartist Mural.

Newport West AM Dame Rosemary Butler said she was very pleased to accept the invitation to be on the commission which will also co-ordinate the 175th anniversary commemorations of the 1839 Chartist Rising.

She will serve alongside former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and Chartist anniversary committee chairman Patrick Drewett, while Newport-born Hollywood film star Michael Sheen will advise them.

Dame Rosemary said: “I’m very pleased to accept the invitation. I’m looking forward to working with Dr Williams and Mr Drewett, both of them I know from having worked with in the past. I think public art is a good way of preserving history and bringing it to people’s everyday lives – there’s some very good public art in Newport already.”

Thousands of Chartists led by former Newport mayor John Frost marched to the Westgate Hotel on November 4, 1839, where fellow protestors were imprisoned. Soldiers opened fire, killing 22 Chartists.

The Chartists called for reforms, such as the vote for all men aged 21 and over.

The way Newport council demolished the Chartist Mural as part of the redevelopment of John Frost Square caused controversy last year. Proposals for a commission emerged after an intervention from Mr Sheen.

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3:31pm Fri 14 Feb 14

gathin says...

Are you having a laugh?
Why is this champagne socialist at an event that would not have happened if her party's members hadn't breached protocol and hoodwinked the public in favour of a speculative business deal with the corporations.
The people of pooport are now saddled with paying the interest on a £90m loan due to her party's breach of so-called "democracy."
I hope they all get very wet, but imagine they'll all have gold-plated umbrellas.
Are you having a laugh? Why is this champagne socialist at an event that would not have happened if her party's members hadn't breached protocol and hoodwinked the public in favour of a speculative business deal with the corporations. The people of pooport are now saddled with paying the interest on a £90m loan due to her party's breach of so-called "democracy." I hope they all get very wet, but imagine they'll all have gold-plated umbrellas. gathin
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3:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

welsh_n_proud says...

Sorry, "fund raise"? I thought the council promised to replace it themselves. Why should we have to fund raise to find the money to replace something that we already had? Why am I not surprised?
Sorry, "fund raise"? I thought the council promised to replace it themselves. Why should we have to fund raise to find the money to replace something that we already had? Why am I not surprised? welsh_n_proud
  • Score: 4

3:50pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Chartist follower says...

So we have at least 2 members of the local labour party involved in replacing the vandalised mural.
The labout council said that they had kept most of pieces ... So will they be reconstructing it AND having a new commemoration?
Seems a bit of a stitch up......
So we have at least 2 members of the local labour party involved in replacing the vandalised mural. The labout council said that they had kept most of pieces ... So will they be reconstructing it AND having a new commemoration? Seems a bit of a stitch up...... Chartist follower
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3:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Severn40 says...

Hmmm. At least two labour party members on this. Not exactly independent?
Hmmm. At least two labour party members on this. Not exactly independent? Severn40
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

theviking666 says...

Oh dear two councillors on the commission, do they realise is will need results quickly, they haven't got years to sort this out, or they will miss the anniversary.
Oh dear two councillors on the commission, do they realise is will need results quickly, they haven't got years to sort this out, or they will miss the anniversary. theviking666
  • Score: 2

10:59am Sat 15 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

oh rosemary thanks for all your have done for newport you and those other parasite toe rags down the WAG
oh rosemary thanks for all your have done for newport you and those other parasite toe rags down the WAG scraptheWAG
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