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Who is Sylvia? Boost for Clerkenwell Green suffragette statue

23 March, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Susanne Levin, Matthew Bell and Emily Thornberry with the maquette

THE campaign to erect an eight-foot statue of suffragette and political campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst on Clerkenwell Green is gathering pace after a maquette went on display.

Islington South MP Emily Thornberry lent her support during a visit to the Marx Memorial Library on Friday.

She said: “We are three months into the year when we celebrate 8.4 million women first being given the right to vote. Sylvia Pankhurst did so much to make that change happen, and we should get the statue in her memory in place during this centenary year.”

Often said to be the “forgotten” Pankhurst, Sylvia disagreed with her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel in their support for the First World War and was expelled from the Women’s Social and Political Union by her sister.

Psychotherapists Susanne Levin and Matthew Bell of the social enterprise The Farringdon Practice in Clerkenwell are among the latest donors to the Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee. It has so far raised £75,000 but says it needs a further £70,000.

Ms Thornberry said that she wished to thank “Susanne and Matthew, and everyone working on this campaign, for their tremendous efforts and generosity”.

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