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'Can't be right for Big Ben to be silent', says Theresa May

Theresa May has said "it can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years" after parliamentary officials announced plans to silence its bongs.

The chimes are being stopped to allow extensive renovation work to the Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and its bell.

But the Prime Minister called on Commons Speaker John Bercow to urgently review the plans.

Of course we want to ensure people's safety at work but it can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years.

And I hope that the Speaker, as the chairman of the House of Commons commission, will look into this urgently so that we can ensure that we can continue to hear Big Ben through those four years.

– Theresa May

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