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Leadsom calls for proactivity over Westminster refit

Legislation plans: Andrea Leadsom
Legislation plans: Andrea Leadsom

By Harriet Line

MPs must not wait until the Palace of Westminster burns down to begin rebuilding it, Andrea Leadsom has warned.

The Commons Leader said she was "desperately keen to crack on" with introducing legislation to establish independent statutory bodies to provide governance for Parliament's restoration work.

She cautioned against accidentally allowing history to repeat itself, after a fire destroyed much of the old Palace of Westminster in 1834, forcing it to be rebuilt in the 1840s.

Mrs Leadsom said: "As time passes, the cost of restoration and renewal go higher - this is a World Unesco grade one listed site."

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