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Why MPs must not backtrack on the restoration of parliament

Reports that full works may be abandoned raise troubling questions about safety

By Hannah White  

A view of the Palace of Westminster on the day of General Election in London, United Kingdom on December 12, 2019. The Palace of Westminster serves as the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto)

Reports that MPs are considering backtracking on their decision to begin renovating the Palace of Westminster are depressingly familiar. Successive generations of politicians have expertly chucked this hot potato onto the next—avoiding having to justify to voters the billions of pounds’ worth of expenditure it will take to restore the dilapidated…

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