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Nadine Dorries grants listed status to Cecil Rhodes plaque at Oxford college

Culture secretary overrides Historic England’s judgment on controversial plaque for Victorian imperialist

The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, has been accused of stoking culture wars after deciding to grant listed status to a controversial plaque commemorating the Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes at a University of Oxford college.

The decision to grant the plaque Grade II listed status overrides an earlier judgment by Historic England determining that the plaque lacked the “richness of detail” required for listed status.

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