House of Commons suspended due to ‘leaky roof’

Business in the House of Commons has been suspended | Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

House of Commons suspended due to ‘leaky roof’

The House of Commons press office confirmed the leak was not ‘sewage.’


4/4/19, 4:51 PM CET

Updated 4/4/19, 5:11 PM CET

LONDON — The House of Commons was forced to adjourn early due to a serious water leak into the chamber.

In a turn of events that was certainly not a metaphor for anything, Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle suspended a debate on loan charges and then announced that the House would be adjourned for the rest of the day.

MPs were forced to deliver speeches to the sound of rushing water coming from the galleries above them. Conservative Justine Greening wondered whether it was a “leaky roof” while Labour’s Justin Madders said he hoped to complete his speech “before rain stops play.”

“I think there’s probably some kind of symbol about, many people view, how broken parliament is,” he said.

The House of Commons press office tweeted that the leak had now been “isolated” and that the House’s maintenance team was now “assessing the damage.” They later clarified that it was not sewage.

No Brexit-related business was interrupted by the leak. A bill seeking to force Theresa May to apply for a further extension to the Article 50 negotiating period is now with the House of Lords, which was not affected by incident.

However, former Downing Street Director of Legislative Affairs Nikki da Costa said the adjournment means that, 

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