Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s portrait has been removed from Parliament.
The Green Party, asked for the painting to be moved elsewhere to make way for a new artwork by Dunedin artist Marilynn Webb.
This move has caused large debate with out MP’s and even around the world. Over the weekend, Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, who lives in the United Kingdom has been bought into the debate.
He said that it is “a pity that a Commonwealth country and an ally of the United Kingdom would choose to take down a picture of my grandfather.”
In New Zealand, National MP Simon O’Connor has launched a petition calling for the portrait to be returned to the “halls of Parliament”.
Who was Winston Churchill?
Churchill was Prime Minister of the UK between 1940 and 1945, and then again from 1951 to 1955. He is best known for his leadership during World War II and is regarded by many as one of the UK’s greatest leaders.
However, he has also received scrutiny for his racist comments and for policies of his contributing to a famine in India in 1943.