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EDITOR'S COMMENT: George Eliot campaign won't go away despite Arabic school plan

Les Reid 8th Dec, 2017

Editor’s Comment from this week’s Coventry Observer

The owners of the ex-home of literary great George Eliot – listed nationally for its historic merit – have been quietly enabling building work for new tenants to use it as an Arabic school.

Among the four owners is Labour councillor Rois Ali, who says he was unaware of its listed status, and as a landlord has previously been embroiled in controversies over a lack of planning consent.

Our Bring George Eliot Home campaign – supported by the city’s culture authorities, university, and TV and literary heavyweights including Andrew Davies – is calling for more to recognise her, including using the building for suitable educational purposes and international tourists.

Coun Ali says he’s open to discussions. Let’s not waste this opportunity.

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