Save the names Gladstone Park & Gladstone Park Primary School in Brent

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Brent Council has approved a review into the names of Gladstone Park, Gladstone Park Gardens, and Gladstone Park Primary School.

Gladstone is one of the great figures from our history. The greatest Liberal politician of his age and four times Prime Minister. Slave owners were always going to be compensated upon abolition, and Gladstone's early stance in favour of this was unexceptional. In reality, this is a footnote in his history and should never overshadow all the subsequent achievements of his long and glorious career.

It's as wrong to only consider history through one specific lens (slavery) as it is to judge historical people by today's standards. And it's only right that such an important person in our history be remembered in the names around us.