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Romford MP’s murdered minister memorial success

PUBLISHED: 12:29 04 April 2011

Parliament chambers during the plaque unveiling ceremony

Parliament chambers during the plaque unveiling ceremony

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Romford MP Andrew Rosindell attended the unveiling of the memorial plaque for Ian Gow, the Tory MP who was tragically murdered by the IRA in 1990.

Ian Gow's memorial plaque - bearing the Gow coat-of-arms

Mr Gow, who was assassinated in Brighton when a bomb placed under his car exploded, was remembered during a private ceremony held at the House of Commons last Thursday (March 31).

Mr Rosindell fronted a successful campaign, which he begun last August, to secure a plaque to commemorate the former private secretary.

The plaque, unveiled at the service by Mr Gow’s widow, Dame Jane Gow DBE, bears the Gow coat-of-arms.

The plaque is similar to the one erected for the late Conservative Airy Neave who was also murdered by a car bomb in 1979.

Mr Rosindell felt Mr Gow, the former private secretary to past PM Margaret Thatcher and one of the first to support Mr Rosindell as a candidate, “should be remembered as a man of enormous courage”.

At the ceremony he saluted “a man of principle who was never afraid to say and do what he believed was right for his country”

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