Statement on Rhodes statue

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2020

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said:

“I welcome the news that Oriel College have come to the view that they would like the statue and plaque of Cecil Rhodes to be removed.

"Oriel’s formal review into the issues surrounding the statue and how to take forward the college’s commitment to diversity will be an opportunity for everyone to have their say on where this statue will best be curated in future.

"The City Council would welcome an early submission of a formal planning application from Oriel to accompany the review process and feed into it.

“I would like to pay tribute to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign who have seen their aims come a big step closer today, and also to the Black Lives Matter campaigners who have reinvigorated this debate about our history and how it should be recognised.”