McKillop welcomes council backing for Mark Ashton memorial

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Social Democratic and Labour Party Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has welcomed support from Causeway Coast and Glens Council for her proposal  to establish a memorial to LGBT+ rights activist Mark Ashton.

Speaking at the beginning of Pride Month, the SDLP Group Leader on the Council said that Ashton’s life of activism and support for equality should be a source of inspiration.

Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop said:

“I am delighted that the SDLP proposal for a memorial to Mark Ashton has been ratified by Causeway Coast and Glens Council. It is fitting that our motion received ratification at the beginning of Pride month and I hope that it sends a message to LGBT+ people across our district that they are valued and loved.

“Mark dedicated his life to activism and the pursuit of equal rights. Whether it was for workers or the LGBT+ community, his passion for justice was an inspiration. I hope that a lasting memorial will inspire a new generation and demonstrate our immense pride in his life’s work.

“Local activists and trade unions have already raised a significant sum to help deliver the project. I am looking forward to working with Mark’s family to help create a lasting tribute to his immense legacy.”

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