Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House of Commons sitting suspended due to water leak

House of Commons sitting suspended due to water leak

The House of Commons has been suspended for the day after water began pouring into the chamber from the ceiling, soaking a section of the press gallery.

Labour MP Justin Madders tweeted: "In the Commons Chamber and can hear rain dripping in through the roof, Parliament really is broken". But as they spoke, they often sneaked glances toward the ceiling, keeping an eye on the deluge while they discussed tax enforcement policies.

But when Madders finished, the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle told MPs he was suspending the sitting pending fix work on the leak.

Mr Madders said: "I'm sure many Cabinet meetings have similar difficulties".

Commons deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle halted proceedings on Thursday afternoon to allow the leak to be looked at.

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Speaking outside the chamber, Conservative former minister Sir Peter Bottomley told the Press Association: "We will obviously need a leak inquiry".

In a statement released on Twitter, the House of Commons says it is investigating the issue but has confirmed it was not due to a sewage leak. "But we are very grateful to the maintenance staff who keep this place going".

Plans are being made for a multi-billion pound restoration programme which could require parliament to be temporarily relocated to a separate building, but the process has been delayed, with many lawmakers opposed to giving up their traditional setting.

"The House of Commons maintenance team is now assessing the damage", he said.

The House of Lords, also undisturbed by the leak, was debating whether to back a Bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

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