Tory can­di­date in pledge to pro­tect war memo­ri­als

Lon­don Mayor hope­ful made vow dur­ing visit to the bor­ough

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Chan­cel­lor

Ge­orge Os­bourne al­lo­cated the his­tory-steeped bunker £1m from last sum­mer’s bud­get, col­lected from banker’s fines.

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Zac Gold­smith with cur­rent Lon­don mayor Boris John­son

Photo by Stephen Lock

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