Big Ben’s tower to be renamed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

MPs back proposal to change name of east tower at the Palace of Westminster despite republican

A parliamentary proposal for the tower housing Big Ben to be renamed in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is supported by a majority of MPs, according to the backers of the campaign. Forty MPs have signed a Commons early day motion calling for the east tower at the Palace of Westminster to be formally named the Elizabeth Tower, despite protestations from republicans opposing the change to the Houses of Parliament.

The anti-monarchist pressure group Republic has criticised the proposal as “crass and profoundly inappropriate given that the tower in question is a landmark of our democratic parliament”.

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