MP opposes £5.6bn House of Commons refurb
MP has spoken out against the "hugely expensive" £5.6bn
restoration of the Houses of Parliament.
have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while the proposed
multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic building takes
Commons approved a motion calling for a "full and timely decant",
designed to allow essential repairs, by 236 votes to 220.
planned move to the QEII Centre, part of a proposed £5.6bn
modernisation, will not take effect until 2025 at the earliest.
Somerset MPs have their opposition against the amendment - Burnham-On-Sea's
James Heappey, Bridgwater and West Somerset's Ian Liddell-Grainger,
South Somerset's Marcus Fysh and Taunton's Rebecca Pow all voted
MP James Heappey, who is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group
for the UK Events Industry, said that he was "disappointed"
with the House of Commons vote for a full decant.
dont believe that the economic impact of taking the QEII Centre
out of use has been fully considered as part of the costs of this
already hugely expensive project," he said..
All Party Parliamentary Group colleagues and I will be raising our
concerns in both Houses as there is still plenty of debate left
to be had."
are all clear that Londons preeminence as a venue for international
meetings, exhibitions and conferences will be threatened by removing
such a significant central London venue."
Theresa May's former deputy, Conservative MP Damian Green, warned
Parliament was not safe in its current condition and it is not a
"wild exaggeration" to say that it is a "death trap".
former minister Sir Edward Leigh warned during the debate that Ms
Hillier's amendment could result in MPs leaving Parliament for up
to 12 years and effectively authorise the spending of £5 billion
during a time of "unparalleled austerity".
Edward, who was in favour of allowing the Commons debating chamber
to remain in the Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House during
the works, said: "I do not believe it will only be for five
years. I predict that we will be out of this building for 10 or
even 12 years."
we have to say to our constituents, do we really believe at this
time of unparalleled austerity... we should now take the decision
to spend upfront, this evening £5 billion on our own working
think that's a very difficult decision, a very difficult argument
to make to our constituents."