Jon Ashworth MP: The world has been watching us... and we didn't disappoint
So we have received the news that Richard III fans have been waiting for. The skeletal remains found last year in Grey Friars car park in my Leicester South constituency are indeed those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.
It was a truly historic day for the city of Leicester and I wholeheartedly congratulate the hard work of the team at the University of Leicester.
Particularly, I want to pay tribute to the fantastic team behind this historic discovery – Richard Buckley, Dr Jo Appleby, Professor Lin Foxhall, Dr Turi King, Mathew Morris, Professor Kevin Schürer and, of course, Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society.
At the press conference we were presented with a wealth of evidence, from radiocarbon dating to DNA and bone analysis, which confirmed that, beyond all reasonable doubt, the skeleton discovered in Grey Friars car park is Richard III.
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It served as a reminder of the tremendous research our universities are capable of.
I'm also delighted that Richard will remain in Leicester.
Since last year, I've argued that Richard III should be reinterred in Leicester's splendid cathedral, battling it out both in Parliament and the media with counter claimants from York, Westminster Abbey and – would you believe it – Worksop, in north Nottinghamshire.
Politicians from York have been trying to get Richard sent to York Minster but, as I told them in the House of Commons: "Hands off, York!''
This final resting place is entirely appropriate.
Richard has been buried in consecrated ground in Leicester for 500 years, just yards away from where the cathedral is today.
But we also have had for many years a memorial to Richard in our cathedral – the only cathedral memorial to Richard in the country – which acts as a focus for remembrance, especially on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.
However, while we celebrate this good news, we've had more bad news on the economy, which has slipped back into "negative growth''. That means under David Cameron and George Osborne, not only have we had a "double dip'' recession, there is now also a possibility of a "triple dip'' recession.
Whenever I talk to local business people they warn that not enough is being done to get the economy moving.
In the next few weeks, we'll have the budget and I'll be pressing the Government to change course and finally introduce policies to support growth and jobs.
Finally, many of you have been in touch with me since I warned of the consequences of the "bedroom tax.''
This Tory government's "bedroom tax'' will see people in my constituency losing an average of £12 a week for under-occupation by one bedroom, and £22 a week for under-occupation by two or more bedrooms.
That's thousands of pounds being sucked out of the local economy, which will inevitably have a knock-on effect on local businesses. Two of the worst-hit wards in Leicester are in my constituency, with Freeman ward making up 9.67 per cent and Eyres Monsell ward 9.26 per cent of the cases in the whole city.
I've been speaking out about the unfairness of this tax in the Commons but, sadly, the Government seems determined to push it through.