Twenty years after he was killed by the IRA, there are calls for a permanent memorial to Sussex MP Ian Gow.Rather bizarrely, whilst Gow is described as being "killed" by the IRA his colleague in the Commons Airey Neave, who suffered exactly the same fate at the hands of Irish Republicans, was, according to the BBC, "murdered" by the INLA. It does make you wonder why the BBC differentiates between the two crimes- after all, the motives and end results were exactly the same.
Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell says a permanent tribute is needed to remember the former treasury minister, who was killed by the IRA.
"He was a magnificent member of this House and somebody that I believe should be recognised permanently in the same way that Airey Neave is recognised," said Mr Rosindell .
The MP knew Mr Gow when he was a teenager and described him as a close personal friend and political mentor.
Mr Gow's widow, Dame Jane Whiteley, said that she was "delighted and very proud" to hear of the call for a memorial.
Going back to the main topic, Andrew Rosindell is an appropriate choice to be the driving force behind this campaign. As well as his close personal connection with Ian Gow, he is also an MP who dearly loves his nation and its democracy which the IRA also directly attacked by murdering Gow. I'm not sure if such a campaign for a memorial will be an internal House of Commons' one or whether the general public can also get involved. Hopefully, it'll be the latter.