At Business of the House Questions on Thursday 14th September Sir David received an amusing response from the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom.
When asking for a debate on the criteria for erecting new statues Leadsom responded by suggesting that due to his long service as MP for Southend West Sir David should have his very own statue erected on Southend Pier.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir David said:
“Given the suggestion that Nelson’s column be taken down, will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the criteria for erecting statues? It took a long while for the monument to Raoul Wallenberg to be erected outside the West End great synagogue. I hope it will not take so long for statues to be erected in London to Princess Diana, the first woman Prime Minister and Sir Bruce Forsyth.”
In response, the Leader of the House commented:
“I love my hon. Friend’s ideas; he always surprises and pleases us in this House. Following the passing of the Deregulation Act 2015, consent from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is no longer required to erect statues; the process is now determined through the planning system only. But since I am sure all Members will agree that it feels as though my hon. Friend has represented his seat of Southend West for at least a century, perhaps his constituents would like to consider erecting a statue of him on Southend pier.”