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US News 'Just to hear a bell ring?' Westminster rough sleepers on Big Ben Brexit bong fund

18:45  17 january  2020
18:45  17 january  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

Boris Johnson says he is planning a 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' crowdfunding campaign to celebrate Brexit after Parliament rules out special chimes on January 31 over the £500,000 cost

  Boris Johnson says he is planning a 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' crowdfunding campaign to celebrate Brexit after Parliament rules out special chimes on January 31 over the £500,000 cost The campaign for the bell to ring at 11pm on January 31 - Brexit day - had been spearheaded by Tory MP Mark Francois. But a House of Commons Commission has rejected the proposal.Boris Johnson is planning a crowdfunding campaign to make sure Big Ben rings out to mark Brexit, he revealed today, after Parliamentary authorities baulked at the £500,000 cost.

As Brexit looms closer, British lawmakers supporting the move are calling for London’s iconic Big Ben to ring in celebration. The clocktower has been under repair since 2017 and currently, the clock ’s mechanism has been dismantled and the belfry has been removed and is getting a new floor.

Big Ben has been largely silent since refurbishment of its tower began. But Boris Johnson has The commission said ongoing work to the Palace of Westminster 's Elizabeth Tower meant getting the We also have to bear in mind that the only people who will hear it will be those who live near or are

a group of people posing for the camera: David and Magda in Westminster on Friday morning (James Morris) David and Magda in Westminster on Friday morning (James Morris)

“Just to hear a bell ring?”

David, a rough sleeper, has just been told thousands of people have donated more than £150,000 for Big Ben to “bong” on Brexit day.

David is sat outside Westminster Tube station, metres away from the famous clock tower across the road.

Over the past week, leading Brexiteers have been campaigning for Big Ben to chime and mark the UK’s departure from the EU at 11pm on January 31.

In the real world, David has been sleeping rough outside the Houses of Parliament for the last three months, in full view of the same MPs and political leaders who are embroiled in the row.

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No plan for a public fund to sound bells on UK’s exit from EU, despite PM’s assertions.

Media captionBig Ben Brexit bongs 'would cost £500,000'. The body heard that for the bells to chime, a temporary mechanism used on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve would have to be restored to the Palace of Westminster 's Elizabeth Tower , and a temporary floor of the belfry installed.

a man standing in front of a building: David standing in front of Big Ben on Friday (James Morris) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK David standing in front of Big Ben on Friday (James Morris)

Speaking to Yahoo News UK on Friday morning, he is incredulous that a fundraising campaign would be set up for such a cause.

“I think it’s silly,” he says, “especially when there are all these people on the streets. Just to hear a bell ring?

“It could go to hospitals, or anything. It’s just silly. That’s just people with too much money.”

He goes on: “That money could be spent on… anything’s better than that. Come on. Wow, that’s insane money.

a clock hanging off the side of a building: The Union flag flutters near the clockface of Big Ben during ongoing renovations to the Tower and the Houses of Parliament, in central London on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) The Union flag flutters near the clockface of Big Ben during ongoing renovations to the Tower and the Houses of Parliament, in central London on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“There’s a lot of other things, like the hospitals. Even policing. One hundred and fifty thousand pounds just to hear it ring?”

Ding dong over Brexit bing bongs: Bellringers and bishops across country REFUSE to sound church bells to mark Britain leaving EU as Boris Johnson pushes for £500,000 crowdfunder to get Big Ben pealing on January 31

  Ding dong over Brexit bing bongs: Bellringers and bishops across country REFUSE to sound church bells to mark Britain leaving EU as Boris Johnson pushes for £500,000 crowdfunder to get Big Ben pealing on January 31 Crowdfunders have set up multiple fighting funds but none have raised more than £200 after Downing Street failed to launch an official campaign despite Mr Johnson's 'bung a bob for a Big Ben bong' plea.Crowdfunders have set up multiple fighting funds but none have raised more than £200 after Downing Street failed to launch an official campaign.

Bell -ringers and bishops bash Big Ben bong for Brexit . Big Ben has been silenced since 2017 because of renovations to the clock and tower . Brexiteers' calls for church bells to also ring out across the country to mark Brexit Day have received a similarly lukewarm reaction.

The famous bell has only rung a few times since renovations began in 2017. But the Brexit Party's Richard Tice said it would be "pretty feeble if we can't organise for a bell to Image caption Big Ben chimed on New Year's Eve. The reconstruction work on the floor is likely to be We also have to bear in mind that the only people who will hear it will be those who live near or are visiting Westminster ."

By 2.30pm on Friday, the fund had hit £220,000 after the Leave Means Leave campaign and Leave.EU founder Arron Banks dropped a £50,000 donation.

Yahoo News UK counted nine rough sleepers in and around the Tube station on Friday morning.

However, one of them, named Magda, said that number can reach up to 20.

a person sitting on a bench: Magda in Westminster on Friday (James Morris) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Magda in Westminster on Friday (James Morris)

She has been homeless since 2014 after not being able to find work. When told about the Big Ben fund, she is indifferent: “If they want to pay for that kind of… for the ‘bong’… that’s OK.

“For me, they can spend their money for themselves. Maybe some others [can donate] for the homeless people.”

Yahoo News UK approached Conservative MP Luke Hall, the minister with responsibility for homelessness, but did not receive a response.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson floated the prospect of people “bunging a bob for a Big Ben bong”. The fundraising campaign, spearheaded by arch-Brexiteer Tory MP Mark Francois, was duly set up.

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“ Big Ben Must Bong For Brexit ,” screamed a front-page headline in the British tabloid The Daily Express, which was superimposed on a picture of the The House of Commons says that the clock mechanism that usually powers the hammer that strikes the Great Bell , as Big Ben is formally known

Big Ben is actually the nickname of the bell inside the 96-metre Clock Tower . The deadline has never been missed, although the the clockmakers of Westminster have come close. The prime minister's official spokesman said: "If the public wants Big Ben to bong and the money is raised then

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, in London, Britain January 15, 2020. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, in London, Britain January 15, 2020. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

However, Number 10 was forced into an embarrassing U-turn on Thursday as the prime minister’s official spokesman said House of Commons authorities had raised “potential difficulties in accepting money from public donations”.

The fundraising campaign has continued unperturbed, however. Mr Francois called for “the British public to beat the bureaucrats” and “ensure that we properly celebrate becoming a free country”.

If the campaign fails to reach its £500,000 target by the weekend, it has promised to donate the money to the Help for Heroes charity.

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BIG Ben will NOT ring in Britain’s Brexit – unless a crowdfunding idea hinted at by Boris Johnson captures the The 13.7-tonne tower , in the Palace of Westminster , has been under renovation since 2017 and the work is not Big Ben – which is the bell itself - rang in the New Year’s earlier this month and there have been growing calls to READ MORE: Should the Big Ben bongs ring out for Brexit ?

Public can fund Brexit day bongs , says PM. Big Ben in pictures. The Great Bell forms part of the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower - commonly known as Big Ben . Big Ben 's chimes were silenced on 21 August 2017 to allow essential restoration work, lasting four years, to be carried out on the tower .

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