Final battle for Richard III

The fight to make York the final resting place of Richard the third continues.

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Full Report: Final battle for Richard III in Parliament

There have been calls for calm in the ongoing row over the reburial of King Richard III - whose remains were discovered under a council car park in Leicester earlier this year.

With a campaign underway to return them to what many believe to be his rightful resting place in York Minster, North Yorkshire MPs today urged the Government to step in.

You can watch the full report from our Political Correspondent Ben Erlam below.


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Debate on Richard III "needs calm"

A York MP has appealed for calm in the debate over where the remains of King Richard III should be buried after the Dean of York had to refer hate mail to the police.

Hugh Bayley MP says the Government needs to appoint an independent panel to rule on where the remains should be re-interred.

The debate appeared good-natured at first but, according to Mr Bayley, it has now taken a more sinister turn after the Dean of York, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull, until recently the Dean of Leicester, received such abusive letters she had to pass them to the police.

I received many letters and emails from members of the public about this, supporting burial in York.

Most are thoughtful and well argued and based on scientific facts but some are frankly inflammatory and talking yesterday to the Dean of York, some that she has received at the minster are so extreme that she has referred the correspondence to the police.

I would say to everybody: calm down. Let's all respect the memory of a former king of our country. Let's discuss where his remains should be put to rest in a dignified and sober way. We don't want to reignite the Wars of the Roses.

– Hugh Bayley MP, York Central

Nine of the monarch's descendants have called on the Government to return the remains of the king to York for a "formal and ceremonial" burial, while a petition calling for his remains to be transferred to the northern city has been signed by more than 23,000 people.

Mr Bayley said:

The decision should be taken on independent national advice and not delegated to archaeologists from Leicester who clearly support the Leicester cause. They would find it outrageous if the decision was delegated to people from York. We need the decision to be taken nationally, in the national interest by people who are independent of the vested interests of either York or Leicester.

– Hugh Bayley MP, York Central
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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 final resting place to be debated in Parliament

The row over where to bury Richard the Third is to be debated in Parliament today.

The body of the former monarch was found underneath a car park in Leicestershire earlier this year.

An image of what Richard III may have looked like Credit: PA

York Central MP Hugh Bayley would like a panel of church figures to decide where to bury the monarch, but not including anyone from York or Leicester with a vested interest.

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