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MP wants predecessors to be streets ahead in Burton

Wednesday 2nd February 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)

BURTON’S MP has launched a campaign to have streets named after former Parliamentarians who have represented the town.

Andrew Griffiths hopes Burton will soon have a Sir Ivan Lawrence Way and a Janet Dean Boulevard.

The MP, who won his seat in last May’s general election, plans to send his suggestions to Staffordshire County Council, the organisation in charge of street naming.

Janet Dean stood down from Parliament last year after winning her seat in 1997.

Her victory unseated Sir Ivan, who had represented the town since 1974.

Mr Griffiths said: “This is not a party political thing. I believe we have been lucky in Burton to have MPs who have put party politics aside to work for the good of the town.

“It would be a small gift of thanks for us to remember them and their service for years to come.

“I think a Sir Ivan Lawrence Way or a Janet Dean Boulevard would be a fitting tribute. If this suggestion had public backing, it would have a great deal more weight so I hope people will support me on this.” Mr Griffiths will write to Staffordshire County Council asking for the two former MPs’ names to be considered when the council names streets in Burton in the future.

Mrs Dean, when asked about her successor’s plans, said: “There are already some streets named after previous MPs in Shobnall. It is up to the county council whether it carries on naming streets after former MPs, but personally I would favour keeping up with the tradition.” Sir Ivan told the Mail he would be ‘flattered and delighted’ to have a street named after him.

He said: “I would be flattered, but normally streets are named after people after they have died.

“Obviously, having committed a quarter of a century to serving Burton as its MP, I would be delighted to be remembered in a street name.” Jennings Way, in Shobnall, is named after Conservative MP John Jennings, who held the seat before Sir Ivan.

Evershed Way, in Burton, is named after Liberal politician and Burton brewer Sydney Evershed, who represented the town in Parliament in the 19th century.

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