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Big Ben gets a new name

Big Ben is re-named in honour of Queen's Diamond Jubilee Credit: PA

One of the London's best-known landmarks is to be renamed in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, following a campaign by MPs.

The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster - known to millions by the name of the bell it houses, Big Ben - will in future be known formally as the Elizabeth Tower.

Commons authorities backed the change last night after dozens of politicians added their names to a push by Tory Tobias Ellwood in favour of the switch.

Tourists to be charged to see Big Ben

Commons Speaker John Bercow has defended plans to charge visitors to the Palace of Westminster to see Big Ben. From July, visitors will have to pay £15 to climb the 334 steps of the clock tower to see the famous bell - an experience which is currently free.

Mr Bercow said the introduction of charges was to cover costs and would not be used to generate a profit.

The issue was raised in the Commons by Tory Robert Halfon who urged Mr Bercow to "look again at the decision" taken by the House of Commons Commission.