Boris Johnson says he is planning 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' campaign to celebrate Brexit
Added 01-14-20 04:36:03am EST - “Mr Johnson spoke after a House of Commons Commission yesterday dismissed the proposal for the bell to sound, after MPs were informed that costs had soared from ” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Boris Johnson is planning a crowdfunding campaign to make sure Big Ben rings out to mark Brexit, he revealed today, after Parliamentary authorities balked at the £500,000 cost.
The Prime Minister said the Government was 'working up' a scheme that would allow people to donate cash to underwrite the iconic peal at 11pm on January 31.
The 13.7-tonne bell has been largely silent since 2017 while renovation works are carried out on the Elizabeth Tower which houses it, sounding only for important events such as New Year's Eve celebrations.
Mr Johnson spoke after a House of Commons Commission yesterday dismissed the proposal for the bell to sound, after MPs were informed that costs had soared to half a million from an original estimate of £120,000.
The campaign for the bell to ring at 11pm on January 31 - Brexit eve - had been spearheaded by Tory MP Mark Francois. But a House of Commons Commission yesterday dismissed the bid over soaring costs
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