Conservative MP launches campaign to put a portrait of the Queen in every British home
A Conservative MP has launched a campaign to put a portrait of the Queen in every home in Britain.
Joyce Morrissey, MP for Beaconsfield, took to Twitter to announce the initiative with the British Monarchists Society, of which she is the patron.
An image posted on the social media site shows the MP holding a picture of The Queen, and a poster that reads: “I am proud to be launching a national campaign with the British Monarchists Society to put a picture of Her Majesty in every home, company and institution that would like one.
“It is time to rediscover our pride in being British!”
Morrissey posted: “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.”
Earlier this month the MP took aim at students at Oxford University who voted to remove the Queen’s portrait from a common room after they deemed it to “represent recent colonial history”.
Members of Magdalen College Middle Common Room (MCR) voted to take down the portrait at a committee meeting in a bid to make the room more welcoming..
In reaction to the move the MP tweeted to say she had ordered another portrait of the Queen to hang in her office, adding: “Probably send one to Oxford’s Magdalen College as well since they seemed to have misplaced a copy…hope it really brightens up their common room. #GodSaveTheQueen.”
She also called for a similar scheme to the Australian Constituents’ Request Programme to be launched in the UK, where all Australian citizens are eligible for selected patriotic material, including flags, recordings of the national anthem, and a portrait of The Queen.
The MP’s Queen’s portrait campaign comes as the UK government is encouraging schools across the UK to take part in a ‘One Britain One Nation’ day on June 25th, which includes singing the song “We are Britain and we have one dream to unite all people in one Great Team”.
The lyrics include: “Our nation survived through many storms and many wars, We’ve opened our doors, and widened our island’s shores, We celebrate our differences with love in our hearts, United forever, never apart.”
It ends with the repeating lines “Strong Britain, Great Nation”.