Baroness Scotland forced to change Commonwealth Hub in favour of a humble Commonwealth Underbridge

Baroness Scotland forced to change Commonwealth Hub in favour of a humble Commonwealth Underbridge

Baroness Scotland: Along with an online consultation, on which she played a major role

The Queen was given a huge credit for the Commonwealth Hub, a new £1.6million venue to showcase the Commonwealth gathering at which the Queen will be awarded an honorary knighthood.

Despite being built and funded without government assistance, The Hub was set to be called ‘Commonwealth House’ but the process was slow and strange.

The online consultation, which Baroness Scotland played a major role in, closed last week, so an alternative name of Commonwealth Underbridge has now been suggested by a public group.

Baroness Scotland, a former cabinet minister, is also opposed to the decision to award the Queen an honorary knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

In her capacity as secretary general of the organisation, she denied the knighthoods were for the Queen’s ‘services to the Commonwealth’ but ‘her continuing support for the Commonwealth’.

According to the chamber’s record of proceedings, Baroness Scotland said in the CommonWEald Underbridge plans: ‘I have introduced a name change for the Commonwealth Hub in favour of the Commonwealth Underbridge’.

Dr Christopher McLaren, of the Commonwealth Underground Group, said he was delighted the consultation had ‘resulted in a modest change of title.

‘However, with the current palace coup-d’etat taking place at the Commonwealth Secretariat, it is important for all those involved in the Commonwealth project to be reassured that the name change will stand for all time and not be relaxed as the future Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland becomes increasingly active in the Commonwealth.’


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