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Proposed by long-term supporters of Nelson Mandela and backed by the Mayor of London (Ken Livingstone) originally it was proposed that the statue should be sited in Trafalgar Square but Westminster City Council objected to this location and after a public inquiry the Secretary of State (John Prescott) agreed with the Council. Following re-consideration, a new location was found in Parliament Square and the statute was unveiled by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

“[In 1962] When we saw the statue of General Smuts near Westminster Abbey, Oliver [Tambo] and I joked that perhaps some day there would be a statute of us in its stead.” Long Walk to Freedom

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