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Man arrested after scaling Palace of Westminster roof

The man was arrested. Credit: ITV News

The Met Police has confirmed a man has been arrested after scaling Palace of Westminster roof.

At approximately 9.15pm on Saturday, March 7 officers were made aware of a 23-year-old man on the roof at the Palace of Westminster.

Police negotiators were called to the scene and London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service were also in attendance.

At 5am on Sunday, March 8 the man was detained.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and trespassing.

He has been taken to a central London police station pending further enquiries. At this stage it is too early to ascertain the reason as to why the man was trespassing on the roof.

– Met Police

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Man scales House of Commons roof police confirm

Emergency services were called to the Palace of Westminster tonight after a man was seen on the roof. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said officers were on the scene to deal with the incident.

She added: "At 9.15pm officers were made aware of a man trespassing on the roof at the Palace of Westminster. London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are in attendance."

There was no immediate information as to why the man was there. The roof has been the scene of stunts by campaign groups in the past, including by protesters demonstrating against plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport in 2008, and Greenpeace a year later.

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Mr Miliband has said all three party leaders should meet the head of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to voice their concerns over the planned 11 per cent pay rise.

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In a letter to David Cameron, the Labour leader wrote: "I believe the three party leaders should meet Sir Ian Kennedy tomorrow to make clear our view that we cannot go ahead with the current proposition."

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Responding to Ed Miliband's question on a proposed pay rise "many times above inflation" in 2015, Cameron said there was agreement across the three main political parties on this issue.

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