Great Britain

Tory MP wants everyone in UK to have portrait of the Queen – ‘Our pride in being British’

Joy Morrissey has announced that, working alongside the Monarchist Society, her campaign wants to give a free portrait of the Queen to “every home, company and institution that would like one”. Ms Morrissey felt inspired from Australia where citizens can get a free portrait if they request one from their MP and she wishes to bring the same custom over to England.

“It’s time to rediscover our pride in being British,” she said when announcing her campaign.

Joy Morrissey, who represents Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, wrote about the campaign on Twitter.

She said: “I think this is a wonderful, patriotic and unifying campaign for our country.

“I will be writing to the Prime Minister to ask him to give it careful consideration and looking for opportunities to discuss further in Parliament.”

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Boris Johnson has yet to comment on the campaign, however, according to the Mirror, a spokesman said that “there are many excellent ways people can show their support for the Royal Family”.

The spokesman was unable to answer the question if Mr Johnson had a portrait of the Queen in his Downing Street home.

Her campaign hopes to make this a reality next year in time to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Many people have shared their opinions on social media, claiming that the campaign is an expense the country can do without during a global pandemic.

Actor Alex Andreou replied to Morrissey’s tweet, sharing his outrage about the campaign.

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He said: "There are several food banks in Ms Morrissey's constituency and thousands of people facing homelessness.

"Before you try to intervene in what people hang on their walls, making sure they have a roof seems to me a higher priority."

Ms Morrissey’s campaign comes after students at Oxford University voted to remove their portrait of the Queen because they felt it was a symbol of colonialism.

The education secretary Gavin Williamson said the student decision was “absurd”, but the president of Magdalen College in Oxford, Dinah Rose, defended the vote and wrote that the photo would be safely stored.

“Magdalen strongly supports free speech and political debate, and the MCR’S right to autonomy. Maybe they’ll vote to put it up again, maybe they won’t.
“Meanwhile, the photo will be safely stored,” she wrote.

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