ANDREW DISMORE, LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR HENDON, VISITS THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM IN ATHENS

Andrew Dismore, Labour Member of Parliament for Hendon, met with Acropolis Museum Director Professor Pandermalis during his recent visit to Athens when returning from holiday, to discuss the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

Mr Dismore also took the opportunity of visiting the new Acropolis Museum for the first time, with Professor Pandermalis.

Mr Dismore said:

"I was very pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the campaign for the return of the sculptures with Professor Pandermalis. I have a Private Member's Bill in the current session of Parliament, which commenced its Second Reading on 15th May and returns to the House of Commons in October. Whilst I am not optimistic that the Bill to return the sculptures will proceed given the opposition to it, it is an opportunity to continue raising the profile of the campaign.

When I visited the wonderful new Acropolis Museum, Professor Pandermalis was able to demonstrate very clearly the importance of the return of the sculptures.

The new display shows how ridiculous it is that individual sculptures and parts of the frieze are split between London and Athens; parts of the same torso separated by the huge distance.

The campaign for the return is, in my view, unanswerable and I will do what I can to continue to further it."