Early day Motion 2921 appears today. It was helped by recent tweets. It reads:
That this House believes that the great contribution of Chartists, Suffragettes and socialists to building our unique parliamentary system is under-represented in the Palace of Westminster; and further believes that consideration should be given to renaming St Stephen's Tower as Chartist Tower, Suffrage Tower or Big Benn.
The intention to provide an alternative to an EDM which seeks to re-name the tower after the Queen. As there are more than 1,000 statues, portraits, costs of arms of royalty throughout the palace of Westminster and one small plaque in a cupboard dedicated to the suffragettes the balance should be adjusted.
The original EDM, tabled by Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, backed by former foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, said, "is in recognition of Her Majesty's 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country" - a Commons early day motion has been signed by 23 MPs mostly from the Conservative party, requesting that the east tower of the Palace of Westminster be formally titled the Elizabeth Tower.
Yesterday in parliament
Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab): Does the Minister agree with the failure of one of his Secretaries of State’s to register a meal he had with the lobbyist Bell Pottinger this year on the basis that on the day in question he was digesting with his private stomach and not his ministerial stomach? Is not the distinction a false one? Nobody would give £250,000 for a social, private chat with the Prime Minister, but they would pay it if they were seeking access and influence.