On Thursday 12 November, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, spoke at the Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport’s statement on her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Sir David called for a new statue of her Majesty the Queen and Dame Vera Lynn. In previous jubilee celebrations, there has been city status competitions and Sir David also asked for a competition for the Platinum Jubilee so Southend can become a city.
Sir David said “I got terribly excited yesterday when I heard my right hon. Friend would be making this statement and of course I welcome his announcement today, but will he commit to come forward with further statements when he can announce as part of the celebrations an unveiling of a new statue of her Majesty the Queen and a statue of Dame Vera Lynn. Will he fix something which is an obvious omission that previously every time we’ve had a jubilee celebration there has been a city status celebration and we need that so Southend can become a city”.
Oliver Dowden replied “I must say Mr Deputy Speaker when I was looking at the call list, I had an incline this might come up. Of course we are considering exactly that proposal and we will be making further statements shortly”.