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Calls made to rename University of Liverpool building dedicated to William Gladstone — a former Newark MP — due to views on slavery




Calls have been made to rename a university building dedicated to William Gladstone — a former Newark MP and Prime Minister — due to his views on slavery.

Gladstone, who represented Newark for several years from 1832 and was PM in 1868, spoke out in Parliament against the abolition of slavery because his family had slaves on plantations in the Caribbean.

William Gladstone. Credit: Gov.uk (36399133)
William Gladstone. Credit: Gov.uk (36399133)

The University of Liverpool has agreed to rename the building named after him after students wrote an open letter that stated the decision would 'show solidarity in the rejection of black oppression'.


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