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)

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