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Row over Michael Foot street name in Plymouth

Michael Foot
Michael Foot was born in Plymouth and was also an MP in the city

A row has broken out over whether a Plymouth street should be named after former Labour party leader and city MP Michael Foot.

Mr Foot, who died aged 96 in March, was MP for Devonport from 1945 to 1955 and fought for cash to rebuild the city which was blitzed during World War II.

Labour councillor Nicky Wildy said she wanted part of a new development in Devonport to be named after Mr Foot.

But Conservative cabinet member Ian Bowyer said it was "overtly political".

Ms Wildy said: "To describe our suggestion as political is an insult.

'Winston Churchill'

"I don't think it is about politics at all. It is about Michael Foot.

"He is better known locally for supporting Plymouth Argyle than as an MP.

"It is about honouring a local person. I don't see why we can't name a street after him."

Mr Bowyer said he had nothing personal against Mr Foot, who was born in Plymouth.

He said: "In the current climate, with unease about politicians, I believe it is not the right time.

"However illustrious the name, it is overtly political. It could have been Winston Churchill as far as I was concerned."

No plans for the development proposed for the Mount Wise area have yet been submitted to the city council.

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