Benedict Spence

Liverpool University shouldn’t cancel William Gladstone

Gladstone Hall, University of Liverpool (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, by Rept0n1x at Wikimedia Commons)

After the fall of the statue of slaver Edward Colston in Bristol, it was only a matter of time before attention turned, once again, to England’s other great slave-trading city of Empire, and the figures behind it.

William Gladstone is one of Liverpool’s most famous sons. One of the great Liberal politicians of the age, he was prime minister on four separate occasions in the mid to late 1800s.

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