Pankhurst Victory

We did it! The statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is going to stay in Parliament. That’s thanks to hundreds of thousands of us. [1]

The planning application to move Pankhurst from her historic home was withdrawn just days after we handed over a huge petition to Westminster Council signed by over 180,000 of us. [2] The former MP behind the idea said the opposition was so huge, it’d be impossible for the plans to go ahead. [3]

Today’s a day to celebrate! Together we’ve made sure this important part of our history will stay put and be seen by the millions who visit Parliament each year.

38 Degrees-ers are a powerful bunch because we don’t just sit back and hope things change. Instead, millions of us pool our power to make the UK a better place, deciding together what’s important, and taking action to win victories like this one.

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Here’s what Jacquie, who started the campaign to keep Pankhurst in Parliament, said:

“My heartfelt thanks, for this fantastic achievement, goes to all of you for signing and sharing the petition I set up a month ago. I have felt the power of all of you behind me in this endeavour and I believe that we’ve demonstrated that by pulling together we can achieve so much.”

PS: Jacquie started her petition on the 38 Degrees ‘Campaigns by You’ website.

With Campaigns By You anyone can start their own campaign with the click of a button. But that’s just where your journey begins. Creating a petition, then sharing it with friends and colleagues, can soon give you a groundswell of support. Perhaps you’ll end up changing something really important.

Use this link to get your campaign started today, it takes just a couple of minutes and we’ll support you every step of the way:

[1] The Guardian: Proposal to move Emmeline Pankhurst statue withdrawn:
The Telegraph: Emmeline Pankhurst statue will remain near Parliament after plan to move it is abandoned:
[2] 38 Degrees blog: Pankhurst statue: Handing in the petition:
38 Degrees petition: Stop Suffragette statue being removed from Parliament:
Jacquie handing the petition into Parliament with other 38 Degrees-ers.

[3] Neil Thorne – the former MP behind the bid to move the statue, said:
“we realised considerable pressure was being put on Westminster City Council, who’d find it more difficult to approve moving the statue.”
The Telegraph: Emmeline Pankhurst statue will remain near Parliament after plan to move it is abandoned: