Michael Foot is remembered as a towering figure in British politics. Born in Plymouth in 1913, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Devonport in 1945 and later as the MP for Ebbw Vale in 1960 until 1992. After a distinguished Parliamentary career, he became Leader of the Labour Party in 1980. Michael is remembered in Plymouth not only as one of its city's most popular MPs, a trade unionist and a successful journalist but also as a loyal and high-profile supporter of Plymouth Argyle. Right up until his death in 2010 Michael remained an ardent supporter of the City of Plymouth, its football team and its people.
Plymouth City Council launched a subscription fund to raise money for a memorial to Michael Foot, and later the Michael Foot Memorial Trust was formed to administer the project. After successfully raising sufficient funds from public donations, a memorial bench was placed in Freedom Fields Park in Plymouth in July 2015. The park is opposite the house in which Michael Foot was born a century ago. Freedom Fields Park was the site of a famous victory over the French in 1403 and is the location where Plymouth's support for the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War is remembered. It was also the scene of many public speeches given by Michael and other members of the Foot family in Plymouth.
The fund is now closed and the bench stands in memory of Michael and as testimony to the public support and generosity to get it established. The Michael Foot Memorial Trust and Plymouth City Council would like to thank everyone who donated and helped achieve this memorial.