Westminster votes to spend billions on redecorating Parliament

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Westminster politicians have voted to spend billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on redecorating their own offices, as a Plaid Cymru/SNP amendment to allow Parliament to be relocated outside London is defeated.

Although the Tory Government’s preferred option for renovation was defeated, MPs supported an alternative proposal from a group of Labour, Tory and DUP backbench politicians to spend up to £4 billion pounds of public money temporarily moving MPs to an alternative location in London while work is carried out on the Palace of Westminster.
Read Jonathan Edwards' full article on Wales Online about why the UK Parliament should be moved outside London.
 
Plaid Cymru had called for MPs to be given a further option – to leave the Palace of Westminster permanently and move Parliament outside London, arguing that it would not only save money for taxpayers but also contribute towards rebalancing the UK economy.
 
Commenting after the vote, Plaid Cymru MP, Jonathan Edwards said:
 
“In the six months since the election, the Westminster Government has scrapped electrification of the railway line to Swansea; kicked the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon into the long grass; and slashed funding for the NHS, local government and schools.
 
“But tonight Westminster has voted to spend up to £4 billion pounds of taxpayers money redecorating their own offices.
 
“In a time of rising inequality, and public faith in democracy shaken, it’s typical that the Westminster establishment has mobilised ultra-efficiently to protect its own interests.
 
“Instead of redecorating a dilapidated building centred in a city that is infamous for being part of the problem, rather than the solution, to the widening geographic inequality across the UK, we should be moving the Parliament outside London, saving public money and taking a major step towards rebalancing the economy.
 
“If Westminster politicians think that spending £4 billion on their own place of work is going to re-build trust in the political process, then I challenge them to visit communities across Wales who have been completely let down by successive Westminster governments.
 
“A £4 billion renovation might fix a crumbling Palace of Westminster but it won’t fix a crumbling Westminster establishment.”
Which way did your MP vote on the Plaid Cymru/SNP amendment to save money and move out of London?
Constituency MP Party Vote
Aberavon Stephen Kinnock   No
Aberconwy Guto Bebb   Abstain
Alyn & Deeside Mark Tami   No
Arfon Hywel Williams   Yes
Blaenau Gwent Nick Smith   No
Brecon & Radnorshire Chris Davies   No
Bridgend Madeleine Moon   No
Caerphilly Wayne David   No
Cardiff Central Jo Stevens   No
Cardiff North Anna McMorrin   No
Cardiff South & Penarth Stephen Doughty   No
Cardiff West Kevin Brennan   Abstain
Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Jonathan Edwards   Yes
Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire Simon Hart   No
Ceredigion Ben Lake   Yes
Clwyd South Susan Elan Jones   No
Clwyd West David Jones   No
Cynon Valley Ann Clwyd   Abstain
Delyn David Hanson   No
Dwyfor Meirionnydd Liz Saville Roberts   Yes
Gower Tonia Antoniazzi   No
Islwyn Chris Evans   No
Llanelli Nia Griffith   No
Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Gerald Jones   No
Monmouth David T.C. Davies   Abstain
Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies   Abstain
Neath Christina Rees   No
Newport East Jessica Morden   No
Newport West Paul Flynn   Abstain
Ogmore Chris Elmore   No
Pontypridd Owen Smith   Abstain
Preseli Pembrokeshire Stephen Crabb   Abstain
Rhondda Chris Bryant   No
Swansea East Carolyn Harris   No
Swansea West Geraint Davies   No
Torfaen Nick Thomas-Symonds   No
Vale of Clwyd Chris Ruane   Abstain
Vale of Glamorgan Alun Cairns   Abstain
Wrexham Ian Lucas   No
Ynys Mon Albert Owen   No

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