Tory students lobby for Margaret Thatcher statue taller than the Statue of Liberty


Student union officials have approved an initial petition to install the 250ft “Iron Lady”, complete with a handbag of “highly polished bronze”.

Started by Kent University’s Conservative Society, the petition, states: “The statue would be built in the Greco-Roman style with a design inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes.

“It would be on a 50ft-high white marble pedestal across from the university’s nightclub … to encourage good and sensible behaviour under its gaze.”

The statue is the brainchild of the Tory society’s chairman Emilio Kyprianou.

“This began as an attempt to highlight problems with the current petition system,” he told student newspaper The Tab.

“Having said that, we are going to run with it. This could be a real positive for Kent.”

The petition states that the statue would be built in a “46:1 scale” while the polished bronze would serve as a “shining testament to liberty” and would “dazzle the eyes of lefties”.

The petition must now attract 150 signatures before it is put to a student vote.

Landmarks that would be dwarfed by the Iron Lady include the Statue of Liberty (151ft), Nelson’s Column (170ft), Sydney Opera House (213ft), the O2 Arena (164ft) and Tower Bridge (213ft).

Students tried to erect a 200ft statue of the former Tory Prime Minister in 2013, but the idea was ultimately vetoed by Kent Students’ Union.