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A meaningful debate about statues is happening – the government just doesn't seem to be taking part

By Chloe Peacock, Research Associate, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester
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At the start of this year Robert Jenrick, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, introduced legislation intended to protect historic monuments. As a result, the norm is now that monuments and plaques should be kept and contextualised rather than removed. All historic statues, whether listed or not, must go through a full planning process before being removed. Jenrick himself has the final say on these decisions.

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