Dumfries House campaign supported in Parliament

  • Published 1 December 2007

The campaign to save Dumfries House attracted much interest and support amongst MPs.

An Early Day Motion in parliament, highlighting the importance of securing the property was tabled by Labour MP Sandra Osborne. It received 46 signatures revealing wide cross-party support for the efforts made by SAVE and The Art Fund to secure Dumfries House, with furnishings intact, for the benefit of the nation. The potential regeneration benefits were acknowledged as well as the art historical importance of the property. Individual MPs took on the cause – Conservative Ed Vaizey wrote about the campaign on his blog and was quick to table a celebratory Early Day Motion upon hearing that Dumfries House had been saved:

“That this House celebrates the success of the campaign to secure Dumfries House, in East Ayrshire, for the benefit of the nation; notes the importance of this architectural gem in offering huge potential for regeneration of the local area; applauds the work of SAVE Britain's Heritage in launching the campaign and The Art Fund in securing the purchase; recognises with gratitude the contribution made by HRH The Prince of Wales, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Scottish Executive among others; and looks forward to the opening of the property to the public in 2008.”