Andrew George MP, Chair of Marbles Reunited, has used Prime Minister's Questions to find out David Cameron't views on the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.
ANDREW GEORGE MP, HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON SW1A 0AA
PRESS RELEASE, Wednesday 22nd June 2011, For immediate release
Losing our marbles?
The MP who leads the British campaign for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles called upon the Prime Minister not to provide a unilateral contribution to the Greek bail out but to give the Marbles back.
In his question to the PM he said that the return of the ‘Elgin’ Marbles would help to regenerate the flagging Greek economy and put right a wrong committed over 200 years ago.
The Prime Minister refused to consider such a proposal but Mr George argues that public opinion is on his side and that following the recent creation of the new Acropolis Museum Athens would be a far better place for the Marbles, whilst the casts which the British Museum sent to Athens to replace them could be returned for display in London.
View Andrew George's website here.
As part of their social media strategy, the Marbles Reunited campaign can now be followed on Twitter at @marblesreunited.
The Brazilian Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has an updated website URL.
You can now view their website at http://www.esculturasdopartenonbr.gr.eu.org/
New South Wales state premier Kristina Keneally has expressed her support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles
NSW premier supports return of Parthenon Marbles
Australian politician Kristina Keneally, premier of New South Wales, announced during an event for Greek-Australian media on Sunday that she has become an honorary member of the Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles Committee and supports their return to Greece.
According to the radio station SBS, Keneally said the demand for the marbles return was "fair" and that they would be returning to their "rightful home".
"The government of New South Wales is proud to support this demand for the return of the Marbles to Greece and its people," she said.
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New South Wales Arts Minister, Virginia Judge, has called on the UK to reunite the Parthenon Marbles.
NSW Minister for Arts Calls on British Museum to Return Parthenon Marbles
Posted on 03 December 2010 by Venetia Aftzigianni
“Today I call upon the British Museum to conduct itself as a museum, a contemporary museum, and not as some colonial power clinging to a prized trophy.” said Virginia Judge, Minister for Arts in New South Wales. Her speech was attended by David Hill, the President of the Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. The Minister added: ”I do not ask the British Museum to return a vase or some statue with a missing limb. I ask the British Museum to return half the Parthenon; return it to Greece so that it may be reunited with the rest of itself…If we agree with the Code of Ethics of the International Council of Museums, ownership of material culture, which is the result of a transaction with an occupying force, in itself is questionable and unethical.”. The Australian Minister is a member of the NSW government which has consistently supported Greek efforts to take back the Parthenon Marbles. They are also named Elgin marbles by Lord Elgin. He removed a staggering amount of panels and sculptures, including 247 feet of the Parthenon Frieze.
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