Big Ben silencing over health and safety fears is 'mad'

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Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was “mad” that Big Ben’s bongs would be silenced for four years and told those working on the renovation to “just get on with it”.

As the Standard reported yesterday, the chimes are being stopped to protect the hearing of workers carrying out renovations on the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Clock and its Great Bell, nicknamed Big Ben.

Mr Davis told LBC radio: “There’s a sort of rude phrase which I will shorten to, ‘Just get on with it’. 

“When I was in business, it was my standard line, just get on, just do it, don’t faff. There’s hardly a health and safety argument.”

The bongs will fall silent after sounding at noon next Monday and are not set to begin again regularly in 2021, although they will still ring out for important national events such as Remembrance Sunday and the New Year celebrations.

The work will be the longest period Big Ben has been silenced in its 158-year history and Labour MP Stephen Pound said: “They kept the bells tolling through the Blitz. The Luftwaffe could not stop it but health and safety has. There has to be a way around this.”


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