Julian’s Reaction to Richard III High Court Ruling
May 23, 2014
Speaking from his constituency office, Julian said “I am deeply disappointed that the Plantagenet Alliance’s application for judicial review has been unsuccessful. Regardless of your opinion on where Richard III should be reburied, be it York, Leicester, or even Westminster Abbey, it is clear that the exhumation license remains deeply flawed and amounts to little more than a ‘finders keepers’ agreement concocted behind closed doors.
“It is immensely frustrating that despite the unprecedented discovery of such a historically, politically and culturally significant monarch, the Ministry of Justice still refuses to listen to the public on such an important issue. Over 60,000 people have signed petitions on where they think the reburial should take place and such strong public feeling should not be ignored. Many of my own constituents believe they have been cheated out of the democratic and open debate that should have taken place over such an important chapter in our heritage.
“It is only right and proper that King Richard should return to his home city of York, even if on a temporary basis, after spending the last 500 years under a car park in Leicester. The people of Yorkshire deserve the chance to pay their final respects to the last Yorkist King, whose death brought about the end of one of the most brutal conflicts in our history.”