Turn Westminster into a museum, Jonathan Edwards


Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards has called for the Palace of Westminster to be turned into a museum and a Parliament fit for the 21st Century to be built outside of the London bubble.

Mr Edwards called for the change ahead of the Second Reading of the Restoration and Renewal Bill which, if passed, would see the next step taken on the redevelopment of the Palace, which could cost over £5billion.

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP said that Parliament “is already full of dinosaurs, so why not turn it into a museum?”.

MPs and Peers voted in early 2018 for a “full decant” of Parliament.

The Bill being debated today proposes the creation of a ‘sponsor body’ of MPs, peers and external experts who would act as the client on behalf of Parliament for a delivery authority to manage the project.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Spending billions on the renovation of the Palace of Westminster, when our ageing infrastructure, NHS and schools are crying out for investment is not only illogical but offensive.  

“Parliament is already full of dinosaurs, so why not turn it into a museum? We can then build a parliament fit for the 21st Century outside of the London bubble.

“To refurbish this building it is likely to cost close to what the Welsh NHS receives in an entire year. It is the madness and false-nostalgia of the British State perfectly encapsulated.”

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