Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

POPPIES CAMPAIGN: CAMERON STEPS IN; PM LEADS CALL TO EXTEND 'MOVING' TOWER OF LONDON WAR MEMORIALALL FOUR PARTY LEADERS RESPOND TO PUBLIC DEMANDCity Hall Bosses Offer to Help Tower Extend 'Special' Display

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

POPPIES CAMPAIGN: CAMERON STEPS IN; PM LEADS CALL TO EXTEND 'MOVING' TOWER OF LONDON WAR MEMORIALALL FOUR PARTY LEADERS RESPOND TO PUBLIC DEMANDCity Hall Bosses Offer to Help Tower Extend 'Special' Display

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

DAVID CAMERON today led all four major party leaders in backing attempts to extend the lifetime of the awe-inspiring ceramic poppy field at the Tower of London.

With thousands thronging to glimpse the unique memorial, talks were under way between Downing Street, City Hall and Royal Palace officials to find a way to ensure "more people can witness this extraordinary spectacle".

Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg all backed the Evening Standard's plea to Historic Royal Palaces to keep their moving display going for an extra week or two.

Mayor Boris Johnson is understood to have spoken to the Prime Minister last night. Today he told the Standard he was hopeful an extension of "maybe a week" would be agreed.

The magnificent display is due to start being dismantled by 8,000 volunteers on Wednesday, a day after the Armistice Day commemorations. A No 10 source said: "Like millions of people across the country, the PM has been hugely impressed by the poppy display -- it has been a moving and powerful tribute to our fallen heroes."

Labour leader Mr Miliband said: "The poppy field at the Tower of London has captured public imagination in a truly incredible way. Many thousands of people from all walks of life have been inspired to visit, reflect and remember."

He added: "I hope that a way can be found to extend this remarkable exhibition, and ensure that many more members of the public get the chance to pay their own personal tributes and see this extraordinary sight."

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who was moved to tears when Continued on Page 7 Continued from Page 1 he visited the centenary display two days ago, said: "I told them myself they should be extending it, because there are millions of people who would love to go and who just have not yet had the opportunity. It has become simply huge."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "The poppy field at the Tower is an extraordinarily moving symbol of the huge act of national self sacrifice that happened during the First World War. …

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