Richard III's descendants call for public consultation on burial site

Descendants of Richard III are calling for a public consultation to decide where his remains should be buried. More than 1,000 have signed a petition asking for them to be returned to York.

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University of Leicester wins battle over Richard III burial

The reconstructed face of King Richard III was unveiled on Tuesday. Credit: PA

The battle for the final resting for King Richard III seems already won, with the decision solely in the hands of the university experts.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today confirmed that it was the University of Leicester's decision to make as they had been granted permission to exhume the monarch's body.

York Council had confirmed it was writing to the Queen and the MoJ to lay claim to the remains.

In a statement the Ministry of Justice said today:

"The licence we issued states that the applicant (the University of Leicester) would, no later than August 31, 2014, deposit the remains at Jewry Wall Museum or have them interred at St Martin's Cathedral or in a burial ground in which interments may legally take place.

"The precise location of reburial is now for the University of Leicester."

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House of Commons roars with laughter at Richard III joke

King Richard III made a cameo appearance in Prime Minister's questions today which made the House of Commons roar with laughter.

Michael McCann Labour MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow asked David Cameron: "Can the prime minister confirm Atos have declared Richard III for for work?"

Atos is a contractor used by the government to assess whether people claiming benefits are eligible for a job.

David Cameron replied that the case had not come his way, but hoped the discovery of Richard III would be a boost to the city of Leicester.

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MP joins fight to bring Richard of York home

The MP for Skipton and Ripon is supporting calls for the remains of King Richard III to be returned and re-interred in North Yorkshire.

Julian Smith claims that before his death in 1485 Richard of York said he wanted to be buried at York Minster.

It has been repeated through the centuries that his wish was to be buried in York and, now his remains have been discovered, his wish should be granted.

– Julian Smith MP, Con Skipton and Ripon

Mr Smith continued: “No-one wants another war over this. We should thank Leicester for discovering his remains but they should now be returned to North Yorkshire for the proper burial he deserves in the place he wanted to be remembered.

“I will now be writing to the University of Leicester and Ministry of Justice, who granted the licence for the exhumation, to make this case.”

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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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