28th Oct, 2016

House praises MP’s ‘energy and wisdom’

Evesham Editorial 29th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE’s proud links to the Magna Carta and Simon De Montfort will be showcased in the Houses of Parliament.

As Parliament celebrates it’s 750th anniversary, Evesham’s MP Sir Peter Luff has revealed the ties inspired him to suggest a programme of events to the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow two years ago.

Sir Peter is the joint chair of the Parliamentary organising committee of the celebrations the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the de Montfort parliament.

King John, who agreed to Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215, is buried in Worcester Cathedral, and Simon de Montfort died a grisly death at the Battle of Evesham in August 1265.

The Battle of Evesham Festival will be held on August 8 and 9 to mark the 750th anniversary of the conflict.

And the Mid Worcestershire MP was praised by the Speaker, John Bercow, in a special Commons statement.

“I am sure that the House would want me to thank the group’s Commons Chairman, the Hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire for the energy and wisdom that he has brought to the task.”

“In 2015, the Houses of Parliament, along with the people of the UK, commemorate two important anniversaries: 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta in June 1215 and 750 years since the calling of the Simon de Montfort Parliament in January


“These historic events can be seen as marking the start of a journey towards our modern-day rights and representation.

“Our programme aims to increase public understanding that Parliament is at the heart of our democracy and that its work matters to everyone.

“It aims to mark our history in innovative ways that are relevant to contemporary society.” he added.

In response, Sir Peter thanked the Speaker and said: “May I invite colleagues across the House to seize the many

opportunities provided and so help us to achieve our objectives of inspiring people about the 800-year history of our rights and