Diamond Jubilee: Big Ben Clock Tower name change to Elizabeth Tower gets MPs’ support

10:31 02 June 2012

MPs are backing a plan to rename the Clock Tower which houses Big Ben to the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen

MPs are backing a plan to rename the Clock Tower which houses Big Ben to the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Picture: David ParryPA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A plan to rename the tower which houses Big Ben as the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has won the backing of MPs.

Forty MPs have signed a Commons early day motion calling for the east tower at the Palace of Westminster to be formally renamed from the Clock Tower.

The motion was tabled by Conservative Tobias Ellwood and has the backing of all three main party leaders.

A formal letter of support has also been circulated with more than half of MPs signing up to the proposal, Mr Ellwood said.

He has written to Commons leader Sir George Young to request that he raises the matter with the House of Commons Commission for formal consideration later this month.

Such a move would not be without precedent.

When the Palace of Westminster was rebuilt in 1860 the west tower, known as the King’s Tower, was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemorate the long reign of Queen Victoria - the only other monarch to complete 60 years on the throne.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The spooky season trumped New Year’s Eve, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day at impromptu flings – and supposedly it’s all down to the costume.

Read more

James Corden and his wife Julia have welcomed a baby girl called Carey, after Julia’s maiden name.

Read more

Taylor Swift has revealed why she has so many high-achieving friends.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

“Without education, there will never be peace”.

AeroMobil has unveiled the fourth generation of its flying car in Slovakia.

The Bajan star arrived at the amfAR Gala Awards in a risque gown leaving very little to the imagination…

The finding comes in a Government report but No 10 insist there’s no chance that calls for decriminalisation will be entertained.

Quirky London