By William Cole For Mailonline
Published: 17:42 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 17:42 BST, 6 October 2020
The toppling of Edward Colston's statue was really about unaffordable housing and gentrification, the Mayor of Bristol has told MPs.
Marvin Rees has said that Black Lives Matters protests this summer which led to the 17th-century slave trader's bronze effigy being ripped off its pedestal were not 'all about the Colston Statue'.
Speaking at the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee's 'hearing into physical heritage', the mayor suggested public anger had been 'built up over the years', and the toppling was just the 'focal point' for frustrations.
Marvin Rees has said that Black Lives Matters protests this summer which led to the 17th-century slave trader's bronze effigy being ripped off its pedestal were not 'all about the Colston Statue'
'I don’t think that the Colston Statue was all about the Colston statue,' said Mr Rees. 'I think that the issues are a lot more complicated than that.
'I think there is a lot that has been built up over the years, whether we’re talking about unaffordable housing, gentrification feeding into this, or being left behind by the national or the international economy.
'This action happened within a context, it’s not just the action. I think that the Colston statue became a focal point for other frustrations with life in modern Britain and some of