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Great Dover Street Hall officially renamed Sidney Webb House

159 Great Dover Street, one of LSE's halls of residence, will be renamed Sidney Webb House in an official ceremony on Friday 16 June.

The hall of residence accommodates around 450 LSE students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, from all corners of the world. It was decided to rename the hall in honour of Sidney Webb to give the residence a meaningful identity. The renaming coincides with a change of name for North British Housing Association to Places for People, the freeholders of 159 Great Dover Street. Sidney Webb and his wife Beatrice were social reformers, founders of LSE and the Fabian Society.

Sunder Katwala, general secretary of the Fabian Society, will perform the official renaming ceremony.

Tim Murphy, deputy director of LSE, said: 'The renaming of Great Dover Street is a landmark moment which recognises the extremely successful relationship North British Housing, now Places for People, have forged with LSE since the residence opened in 1999. The choice of name further binds together two organisations committed to providing students with a first class, safe and affordable housing experience. I hope that the two organisations will work together for a great many years to come.'

Paul Lautman, head of Housing Services (South-east) at Places for People said: 'We are proud to be renaming our building after one of the founders of the LSE. There is much in common with Places for People's drive and commitment to improve the well being of our communities through housing and regeneration and Sidney Webb's passion for social reform and education.

'We look forward to building on or positive relationship with LSE in the coming years.'



Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes for editors:

The Webbs came from diverse backgrounds - hers social and prosperous, whereas Sidney's father was a radical who had worked for John Stuart Mill in the 1865 election. Sidney was Professor of Public Administration at LSE from 1912-1927.

Sidney played a central role in the formation of the Labour Party, serving on its executive from 1915-25, and largely writing its constitution in 1918. He was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1922-29. He was president of the Board of Trade in 1924, Dominions Secretary 1929-30, and Colonial Secretary 1929-31. He was created Baron Passfield in 1929. 

LSE has twelve halls of residences accommodating more than 3,400 students. Two new residences, Northumberland House and Lilian Knowles will be completed this year to open in September 2006. See http://www.lse.ac.uk/accommodation/RES_intro.htm| 

posted 9 June 2006