A new statue of the Queen should be erected to mark her Platinum Jubilee, a minister has said, in the wake of memorial vandalism across the UK.
Matt Warman, a minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport, backed a campaign by the Tory MP Sir David Amess to erect new statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Dame Vera Lynn.
Sir David said preliminary sketches have already been made for the monument, which is supported by the British Monarchists Society.
The Queen has reigned for more than 25,000 days and will celebrate 70 years on the throne in 2022.
Speaking in the Commons, Sir David said: "I believe that it would be possible to fund this statue through public subscription and I hope all colleagues will be supportive of the project.
"After all, our monarch has served our nation and the Commonwealth so well for nearly 70 years and she's currently the longest-serving head of state in the world."
There are already statues of the Queen in Windsor Great Park and at Canterbury Cathedral.
Sir David also suggested a UK equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is campaigning for a statue of the singer Dame Vera Lynn to be commissioned and erected.
He explained: "I intend to meet the Prime Minister about this issue."
Mr Warman said he wished Sir David “the best of luck in both of these deserving endeavours”
In response to a speech by the MP on the vandalism of statues over the summer, Mr Warman said he was "appalled to see pictures of the protests earlier this year," adding: "there can be no justification for defacing statues and symbols of British history, nor for damaging memorials".
"We believe that the right approach to statues, however contentious, is to retain and explain their presence," he said.
“Though we may now disagree with those figures, they play an important role in teaching us about our past with all its faults.”
Mr Warman said new guidelines for sentencing people who have defaced war memorials are included in the Government’s new sentencing White Paper.
Both the Cenotaph and the statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square were damaged in protests earlier this year.
Another statue of Edward Colston, a prominent slaver, was pulled down in Bristol on June 7.