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Richard III reburial to be raised in Parliament

A York MP will use a Parliamentary debate later to urge ministers to set up an advisory committee to recommend where and how to rebury the recently excavated remains of King Richard III.

The monarch's 500-year-old skeleton was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a council car park in Leicester last year.

It is due to be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next year. But there are calls to bring them to Yorkshire after claims he wanted York to be his final resting place.

Hugh Bayley, the MP for York Central, said that some people "are sill fighting the War of the Roses" over the monarch's reburial.

He added: "I want the Government to set up an independent committee to decide how, where and when the reburial takes place, and to involve both cities and people from both North and South.”

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York MP: Let independent committee decide Richard III reburial

The final resting place of King Richard III should be decided by an independent committee, the MP for York Central has claimed.

The remains of the monarch were discovered in a car park in Leicester last year.

He is due be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next year despite campaigns to bring him to York.

King Richard III did a lot for York and the North of England and during his life made arrangements to be buried here. He was not well treated in Leicester after his death and I think his soul would rest in peace back in York.

It is dreadful that some people are still fighting the War of the Roses. We should seek reconciliation, wherever Richard is reburied. I want the Government to set up an independent committee to decide how, where and when the reburial takes place, and to involve both cities and people from both North and South.

– Hugh Bayley MP (Labour, York Central)

Richard III's descendants call for York burial

The remains of King Richard III were discovered in a council car park in Leicester. Credit: PA Wire

The descendants of King Richard III have demanded that his remains are reburied in York.

The monarch's 500-year-old skeleton was identified earlier this month after it was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a council car park in Leicester last year.

It is due due to be re-interred at Leicester Cathedral next year despite campaigns to bring them to York.

But today, nine of Richard III's descendants said they believed the king, the last monarch of the House of York, would have wanted to be buried.

In a statement they said: "We believe that such an interment was the desire of King Richard in life and we have written this statement so that his wishes may be fully recognised and upheld."

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Tomb designs unveiled for Richard III

Proposed tomb for King Richard III Credit: Richard III Society

The Richard III Society has unveiled its designs for the tomb of the King, whose remains are to be buried at Leicester Cathedral.

They say the tomb is based on Richard's life and what was important and meaningful to him. The designs were undertaken by a team of speciaists with more than 40 years resarch into the King's life.

Tomb to be funded by Richard III society Credit: Richard III Society

Leicester's Richard III claim is 'historically dodgy' claims MP

Leicester's claim to become the final resting place for the remains of King Richard III is "historically dodgy, bogus and frankly arrogant", a North Yorkshire MP has suggested.

Some experts have claimed evidence suggests he wanted to be buried in York Minster, and not Leicester where his remains were found near the site of his death in battle.

But speaking in the Commons, Julian Smith said: "North Yorkshire is the only place for him to return to according to his wishes".

Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said the "straight forward" legal postion gives the University of Leicester the right to decide his final resting place.

Leicester City Council and Leicester Cathedral have already revealed plans for the remains to be re-interred next year.

York Outer MP wants Richard III back home

The York Outer MP Julian Sturdy is supporting the campaign to have Richard III buried in York.

Mr Sturdy also announced that he has written to the Archbishop of York, the Ministry of Justice and the Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen, to request that the Yorkist King’s final resting place be considered very carefully.

“As the last Yorkist King of England and last King to die in battle, Richard III is hugely important to the heritage of our historic city of York. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that King Richard wished to be buried in York and particularly in the Minster.. .... The people of York and indeed Yorkshire are extremely grateful for the excellent work carried out by the archaeologists and the University of Leicester. We merely want the options for King Richard’s final resting place to be properly considered

– Julian Sturdy MP
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