Fury over Thatcher statue being denied Parliament Square spot due to left-wing activists

Margaret Thatcher statue egged by protester in Grantham

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The work, by the UK sculptor Douglas Jennings, was initially due to be erected near the Houses of Parliament in central London but was installed over the weekend in Ms Thatcher’s home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. However, the bronze statue was offered to South Kesteven District Council after plans to erect it in Parliament Square in London were rejected.

The decision to reject the plan to put it up in Parliament Square was highly criticised by social media users who thought that the statue of the late British PM deserved to be placed in the historic Londpn square.

Brexiteer Darren Grimes tweeted: “I honestly think Margaret Thatcher would have found this first round of petty vandalism of her statue to be utterly hilarious.

“The statue looks absolutely glorious.

“Almost a decade on from her passing, she’s still winding them up!

“It ought to be doing so in Parliament Square!”

Another Twitter user Alan Black tweeted: “I didn’t and don’t like Margaret Thatcher and her world view. I disagreed with many of her policies.

“I never voted for her party. However, she was the first female PM of the UK. She won three successive GE’s. Many people revere her. That statue should be in Parliament Square.”

A protester threw eggs at the £300,000 statue from behind a temporary fence which surrounds the monument.

Lincolnshire Police said it had received a report of criminal damage at 10 am BST, but no arrests had been made.

The statue sits on a 10ft (3m) high plinth under CCTV surveillance to minimise the risk of vandalism.

Only one of the eggs thrown at the memorial actually hit it.

After Westminster Council turned down the statue in 2018, amid fears of “civil disobedience and vandalism”, it was offered to Grantham.

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However, a planned £100,000 unveiling ceremony attracted criticism in 2020 and when one Facebook group proposed an “egg-throwing contest” more than 13,000 people expressed interest.

The taxpayer-funded event was later abandoned by the council and an official ceremony, funded through donations, will take place at a later date.

The statue, which was installed without ceremony on Sunday, towers over St Peter’s Hill Green – close to the site of the grocers shop owned by Baroness Thatcher’s family.

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