A review of Parliament’s art collection should not be ‘overwhelmed by wokeism’, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has said. Former prime ministers including William Gladstone, Robert Peel and Lord Liverpool could soon be accompanied by plaques detailing their links to slavery after a review was prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement. More than 230 works of art in the Parliamentary art collection have been found to have links to the transatlantic slave trade, while 189 of the pieces listed in the study by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art depict 24 people who had ties to the slave trade. Forty pieces depict 14 people who were abolitionists. Among those listed as having ‘financial or family interests in the slave trade’ are prime ministers Robert Peel, who served two terms between 1834-35 and 1841-1846, Lord Liverpool, who served from 1812-1827, and William Gladstone, who served as prime minister for 12 years over four terms between 1868 and 1894. Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art that a review of Parliament’s art collection should not be ‘overwhelmed by wokeism’, and they should ’take pride in the history’ displayed through the art Conservative MP Richard Holden (pictured… Read full this story
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