The artist chosen to design a memorial on Epsom Downs to Emily Davison is to create a statute commemorating the suffragettes at the Houses of Parliament.

Mary Branson's concrete ellipse design was controversially selected last year to commemorate Davison and all women involved in the struggle for women’s votes on a roundabout in Epsom Downs.    

And now she has been chosen to develop another piece of work on the campaign for women's suffrage, which will be placed in a permanent location in the Palace of Westminster.

Commissioned by the Speaker of the House of Commons’ Advisory Committee on Works of Art, she will have the chance to review official Parliament records and meet academics, curators and other specialists to develop her understanding of the campaign, and its connection to Parliament.

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Mary Branson's winning design idea for a roundabout on Epsom Downs 

Ms Branson said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to have access to the suffrage archives and to discuss with experts the complex journey women undertook to secure the vote.

"Working within the Houses of Parliament and responding creatively to the environment will really inspire the final piece."

The artist’s success in the borough’s competition was not linked to her selection for the project at the House of Commons.

Sarah Dewing, manager of the Epsom and Ewell Emily Davison project, said: "Having the same artist create pieces of public art at both Epsom Downs and the Palace of Westminster opens up an opportunity for Mary to develop pieces that have particular resonance for each of these two locations, but which also have a connection.

"Emily’s life came to an end in Epsom but much of the campaign of the Suffragette movement of which she was such an iconic part was focused on achieving change at Westminster.

"Mary is the perfect artist for this task as evidenced by the fact that two separate selection processes came up with the same name."

On the Downs, there is still no sign of the memorial after a gas main was discovered under the Buckles Gap roundabout, its earmarked location, which means another location must be found.

Ms Dewing said she hopes the majority of the £35,000 required for the memorial will be funded by sponsorship and grant funding from bodies such as the Arts Council, with the remainder to be generated from public donations.