MPs are forced to halt debates as water floods into the Commons chamber 

The Commons was suspended this afternoon as water flooded into the chamber from the roof.

MPs were forced to abandon a debate on the controversial Loan Charge as gallons of water cascaded into the press gallery above MPs. 

Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle announced he was being forced to suspend the chamber as the sound of water dripping drowned Labour MP Justin Madders.

Less than 30 minutes later the rest of the day’s business was abandoned, suggesting the problem could not be easily fixed. 

It is the second bizarre interruption of the Commons this week after semi naked protesters staged a demonstration in the public gallery on Monday.

The Commons was suspended this afternoon as water flooded into the chamber from the roof

The Commons was suspended this afternoon as water flooded into the chamber from the roof

The Commons was suspended this afternoon as water flooded into the chamber from the roof

Tory MP Douglas Ross posted a picture of puzzled journalists rushing into the Press Gallery to see the bizarre scenes. He quipped: 'Not the first time there has been a leak in Parliament I'm sure'

Tory MP Douglas Ross posted a picture of puzzled journalists rushing into the Press Gallery to see the bizarre scenes. He quipped: 'Not the first time there has been a leak in Parliament I'm sure'

Tory MP Douglas Ross posted a picture of puzzled journalists rushing into the Press Gallery to see the bizarre scenes. He quipped: ‘Not the first time there has been a leak in Parliament I’m sure’

Tory MP Douglas Ross posted a picture of puzzled journalists rushing into the Press Gallery to see the bizarre scenes.

He quipped: ‘Not the first time there has been a leak in Parliament I’m sure’.

After the sitting was suspended, Tory Neil O’Brien posted another picture of confused politicians studying their new ‘water feature’.

Mr Hoyle declared: ‘The sitting is now suspended – and no photographs please.’ 

He said: ‘I’ve never been in a debate before where rain stopped play but it has happened now.’  

The water – which poured along the backwall of the chamber high above the Speaker’s chair – soaked dozens of seats.  

The flood was thought to be coming from a restaurant on the third floor of the Palace of Westminster. 

The House of Commons press office said: ‘We are aware of a water leak on the estate and are taking urgent action to resolve it.’ 

They added: ‘The leak was urgently dealt with and has now been isolated. The House of Commons maintenance team is currently assessing the damage.’  

After the sitting was suspended, Tory Neil O'Brien posted another picture of confused politicians studying their new 'water feature'

After the sitting was suspended, Tory Neil O'Brien posted another picture of confused politicians studying their new 'water feature'

After the sitting was suspended, Tory Neil O’Brien posted another picture of confused politicians studying their new ‘water feature’

On Monday, several of the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ group glued themselves to the window dividing MPs from the watching public in the biggest Commons security breach since 2014. 

Labour MP Peter Kyle joked about the ‘naked truth’ as MPs’ attention was distracted from his speech by the demonstration.

Tory MP James Heappey defied Commons rules to photograph the dozen people, who had slogans including ‘climate justice act now’ and ‘eco collapse’ daubed on their backs. 

Semi-naked climate change protesters interrupted a Commons debate on Brexit on Monday as they stripped off in the public gallery

Semi-naked climate change protesters interrupted a Commons debate on Brexit on Monday as they stripped off in the public gallery

Semi-naked climate change protesters interrupted a Commons debate on Brexit on Monday as they stripped off in the public gallery

Speaker John Bercow told MPs to ignore the demonstration and continue with the debate as they stood in a line with their backsides pressed against the security glass.  

Most were wearing only thong-style underwear which left little to the imagination. 

Shocked MPs including former Labour leader Ed Miliband glanced up at the group as they stripped off behind the glass screen that separate the chamber from the public gallery.

Some of the protesters were singing Nelly the Elephant while under the gaze of Parliamentarians.

The protesters were later named as including Oliver Baines, 68, former charity chief executive, Bell Selkie, 48, a counsellor, Isla Macleod, 34, a celebrant, Iggy Fox, 24, a wildlife biologist and William Cooke, 36, former teacher and Mark Øvland, 35. 

Multi-billion repairs are needed for the whole Palace of Westminster, which is riddled with asbestos, leaking ceilings, rodents and moths and was described as a ‘death trap’ by one close to the refurbishment plans.

A lack of fire doors means that Palace of Westminster firemen have to patrol the building at night, turning off lights, computers and other electronic equipment to reduce the risks of a blaze.

Multi-billion repairs are needed for the whole Palace of Westminster, which was described as a 'death trap' by one close to the refurbishment plans. There is already a massive project to renovate the Big Ben clock tower under way (pictured)

Multi-billion repairs are needed for the whole Palace of Westminster, which was described as a 'death trap' by one close to the refurbishment plans. There is already a massive project to renovate the Big Ben clock tower under way (pictured)

Multi-billion repairs are needed for the whole Palace of Westminster, which was described as a ‘death trap’ by one close to the refurbishment plans. There is already a massive project to renovate the Big Ben clock tower under way (pictured) 

Experts have said revamping the historic site could cost as much as £7billion and take 32 years to complete.

In 2017 MPs voted in favour of moving out of Westminster entirely so Parliament can be renovated before a disastrous fire.

The Commons voted 234 to 135, a majority of just 16, in favour of endorsing the work of a joint committee of MPs and Peers on what to do about the dilapidated state of the building.

MPs and peers will move out of the Palace of Westminster – but are yet to approve the cash or a schedule for works.

Last year the scorching summer caused cracks to appear in the ailing roof walked under by hundreds of MPs every day.

An area inside Portcullis House has been cordoned off and emergency work will be carried out on the glass above to stop it getting worse.

The building next door to the Palace of Westminster was only opened 17 years ago and houses a third of all MPs, several of their coffee bars and restaurants as well as meeting rooms used by committees.

But it has been plagued by faults caused by its design and saw water cascading in on several occasions after more cracks appeared in the roof.

 

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