MPs backing the First World War Memorials Programme
Since the beginning of the programme, Civic Voice has managed to gain political support from a wide range of MPs, who all share the same passion to save the nation's war memorials. Take a look below and see if your local MP has supported the programme, if not, why not? Asking for your MP's support can give your local war memorial campaign a real boost and help to amplify your message.
Andrew Murrison MP (Prime Minister’s special representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War)
"War memorials are a key part of this country's culture, heritage and, vitally, remembrance. It is important that we act now to save them. I regularly follow and support the work undertaken by Civic Voice and look forward to encouraging others to become involved too.”
Luciana Berger MP
"It is so important that we remember the to remember the enormous sacrifices made by the people of Liverpool to secure for us all the freedoms we enjoy today. Memorials help us to remember the individuals who have given their lives. Memorials also help local communities and young people engage with local history and shape their future. ‘I hope people will take time over the next two years to support the work of the volunteers across Liverpool Wavertree who are identifying, recording, and, where necessary, repairing our war memorials."
Andy Burnham MP
"The First World War Memorials Programme is a campaign which I passionately support. Civic Voice has done a great job at engaging volunteers around the country in the project and I am delighted to hear that they are bringing the campaign to Manchester next.”
“Greater Manchester has over 2700 memorials, so it is vital that local volunteers engage with the campaign if we are to find and save all of Manchester's memorials. I would urge people to get involved and secure the memory of those who sacrificed so much.”
Louise Ellman MP
"The First World War Memorials Programme is an excellent initiative! It will help to ensure the memories of the war are kept alive and that the sacrifice of those who served continues to be recognised. War memorials are crucial to how communities commemorate the war and remember the role played by those from their area. Their upkeep is extremely important. I pay tribute to all those in Liverpool and around the country who are volunteering their time and effort for this very worthy cause. They have my full support!”
Frank Field MP
"I am delighted to read of the wonderful work Merseyside residents are undertaking to ensure our local war memorials are fitting tributes to those who gave their lives in the Great War. This excellent initiative aims to record the condition of and, if necessary, repair all war memorials throughout the UK by 2018. Volunteers are vitally important to the project’s success and I would certainly encourage any resident who would like to offer a hand to sign up here:http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/campaigns/war-memorials-/."
Alan Johnson MP
"I believe the work of the First World War Memorial Programme is absolutely essential in ensuring that the many war memorials in Hull are properly maintained.
Our generation can’t possibly imagine the sacrifice made by millions of citizens in the carnage of that terrible war. The memorials exist so we should never forget the names of those in every community who gave their life.
Thank goodness there are volunteers willing to put time and effort into this important programme."
Daniel Kawczynski MP
"The First World War Memorials Programme is a campaign I support whole heartedly. Civic Voice has done a great job at engaging the country in the programme and I encourage those in my constituency to get involved too. With the recent centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme there is no better time for the country to get involved and remember those who fell during the First World War."
Craig Mackinlay MP (chair of the APPG for Civic Societies)
“I think this is a very important project. Though there are a great many war memorials on the national register there are very few condition surveys. One of the main objectives of the survey will be to get a national picture of the condition of our war memorials and this can be used to prioritise the £5million funding that the government have made available for restoration work. I applaud the Ramsgate Society for taking this project on locally and I urge local people to come forward and volunteer to undertake these simple online surveys.”
Khalid Mahmood MP
"The city of Birmingham and it’s citizens made great sacrifice during World War One. It is fantastic to see that the First World War Memorial Programme has acquired so much support from volunteers throughout the West Midlands. The work they are doing is of great importance and I wish them every success in their endeavours."
Shabana Mahmood MP
“I welcome the First World War Memorials Programme coming to Birmingham and the Black Country, and I give my support and thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who are working so hard to preserve our World War I memorials. “
Andrew Mitchell MP
“I am very supportive of the campaign to preserve memorials in honour of those who served and died in our interest. I want to take this opportunity to encourage Royal Suttonians to volunteer and get all 43 of Sutton Coldfield's war memorials and those from other conflicts found and surveyed.”