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The reburial of remains of Richard III should not be the subject of a “finders, keepers agreement”, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has argued.

York MPs are unhappy the University of Leicester, which excavated the remains, will decide where the King is re-interred, and not the government.

They argue that the King wanted to be buried in York Minster, not Leicester Cathedral - the university’s choice.

Ministers said it was up to the university to decide.

The terms of the exhumation licence granted to the university before it carried out the archaeological excavation pass the responsibility of reburying of the King’s remains to the university.

But campaigners have argued that this favours burial in Leicester Cathedral, while York Minster was the place the King himself had identified for his burial. Read more.