Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, Layla Moran, has backed the decision by Oriel College to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes.
Responding to the news Oriel College is planning to take down the statue of Cecil Rhodes, Liberal Democrat leadership contender and MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran said: “This is the right decision by Oriel College, who have listened to the concerns of the local community. Students from BAME backgrounds will no longer need to walk past a statue that represents a burning historic injustice. This statue should now be put in a museum where it can help inform people about Britain’s past.
“I hope this represents a true turning point and that other institutions will follow Oriel College’s lead and take down statues of slave traders and white supremacists. As the statue of Cecil Rhodes falls, the era of turning a blind eye to the wrongs of the past should come to an end.”