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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Bessie Braddock

Photo: John Bradley CC BY-SA 3.0

Sculptor: Tom Murphy (b.1949)

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 11 June 2009

Bessie Braddock

Bessie Braddock (1899–1970) was a member of Liverpool Borough Council 1930-61, British Labour Party politician and MP for Liverpool Exchange 1945-70. She campaigned on social issues, housing and public health. Known among her constituents as ‘Battling Bessie’, her oratory was colourful. Her statue is part of an ensemble with a further bronze statue of the Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd, whom she appears to meet. The sculpture entitled Chance Meeting was commissioned by Merseytravel.

Location: Concourse, Lime Street Station, Liverpool.