Street to be named after suf­fragette.

Ex-PM’s links to Ir­ish deaths crit­i­cised as nod is given to cam­paigner

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS

Coun­cil­lors have voted over­whelm­ingly to name a new Dundee street after suf­fragette Ethel Moor­head rather than for­mer prime min­is­ter John Rus­sell.

The city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee pro­posed nam­ing a new street on the site of the for­mer Buck­le­maker Court and But­ter­burn Court multi-storey blocks after the suf­fragette.

Moor­head’s cam­paign of civil dis­obe­di­ence in pur­suit of votes for women in­cluded van­dal­ism, ar­son and throw­ing an egg at Win­ston Churchill when he was Dundee MP.

Her name was put for­ward after the pre­vi­ous sug­ges­tion of restor­ing the for­mer street name Rus­sell Street pro­voked a pub­lic out­cry, par­tic­u­larly on so­cial me­dia.

John Rus­sell served as prime min­is­ter twice dur­ing Queen Vic­to­ria’s reign but his gov­ern­ment has been blamed for as many as one mil­lion deaths in Ire­land dur­ing the Great Hunger.

How­ever, a con­sul­ta­tion car­ried out by the city coun­cil of res­i­dents in the area found many wanted the name

If the lo­cal res­i­dents re­ally strongly feel they want to see the Rus­sell Street name re­stored, then I think we should be do­ing that. FRASER MACPHER­SON

Rus­sell Street used. West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpher­son said the de­ci­sion on nam­ing the street should be de­ferred un­til coun­cil­lors were told how many peo­ple this con­sul­ta­tion had in­volved.

And he said us­ing the name Rus­sell Street would be “res­ur­rect­ing” a name from Dundee’s past rather than cel­e­brat­ing or con­don­ing Lord Rus­sell’s time in of­fice.

He said: “If the lo­cal res­i­dents re­ally strongly feel they want to see the Rus­sell Street name re­stored, then I think we should be do­ing that.

“Not be­cause of the Vic­to­rian prime min­is­ter but be­cause it is a tra­di­tional Dundee name.

“I have no prob­lem com­mem­o­rat­ing Ethel Moor­head. As we move for­ward with the Western Gate­way, for ex­am­ple, there will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for hon­our­ing peo­ple like Ethel Moor­head.”

How­ever, com­mit­tee con­vener Lynne Short said it was right the city coun­cil hon­ours Ms Moor­head.

She re­ceived sup­port from SNP col­league Gre­gor Mur­ray, who said the coun­cil could name the street after “some­one who mur­dered half of Ire­land or some­one who fought to give half the coun­try the vote”.

SNP, Labour and Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors all voted to name the street after Ethel Moor­head with only the city’s two Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lors vot­ing for Mr Macpher­son’s amend­ment to de­fer the vote.

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