It comes following a cross-party campaign launched earlier today by March for Change and the APPG for Coronavirus, backed by nurses, doctors and carers, calling for a Covid Memorial on Whitehall and annual Covid Memorial Day every 23 March.
Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus Layla Moran said:
“We are reassured to hear that the Prime Minister has already endorsed our calls for a permanent memorial for all the lives lost to the pandemic.
“The London memorial must also be a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by all key workers who got the UK through this crisis. The only fitting place for it is on Whitehall, where wreaths can be laid.
“We will now launch our public consultation on the design of the monument, to ensure that the British public is at the centre of the memorialisation of the pandemic.
“Memorialisation outside of London will need to be led by local communities, councils and devolved administrations to best reflect their effort in responding to the pandemic.
“It is vital that we remember the lives lost and lives changed with dignity, and commemorate the efforts of our frontline and key workers with pride.”
Notes to the editors
More details on the Covid Memorial Day campaign can be found here: https://www.memorialday.uk/
Members of the public can submit their memorial ideas on the Covid Memorial Day' portal here: https://www.memorialday.uk/submit_your_design
Organisations backing the initiative include:
British Medical Association (BMA)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Community Integrated Care (CIC)
Local Government Association (LGA)
National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)