Tory candidate in pledge to protect war memorials
London Mayor hopeful made vow during visit to the borough
ZAC Goldsmith has pledged to restore and protect London’s war memorials if elected Mayor of London.
The Conservative candidate made his pledge while on a visit to the borough last week with Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP, Boris Johnson, the man he hopes to succeed as mayor.
They visited the Polish War Memorial, where Mr Goldsmith pledged to work with local and national charities, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, English Heritage, the Royal British Legion and the War Memorials Trust, to make sure London’s war memorials, such as the Polish War Memorial, were a lasting tribute to the fallen.
He said: “The service millions of Londoners gave to our country is brilliantly remembered at thousands of sites across our city.
“I want to make sure our memorials and monuments are in the best possible condition so they can remain a fitting tribute to the fallen and help bring communities together today.
“Together we can make 2018, the centenary of the Armistice, a real act of remembrance for all of London.”
Mr Goldsmith, who is Tory MP for Richmond, added he would press the Chancellor for a new fund to help restore and protect London’s war memorials in the run up to the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018.
Later he visited the Battle of Britain Bunker, in Uxbridge, alongside Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot.
George Osbourne allocated the history-steeped bunker £1m from last summer’s budget, collected from banker’s fines.
Zac Goldsmith with current London mayor Boris Johnson
Photo by Stephen Lock