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MP calls for competition for House of Commons 'redesign'

The House of Commons has heard calls for an architectural competition to redesign the Commons Chamber.

Labour MP for Nottingham North Graham Allen yesterday said a redesigned chamber would make politics more accessible for the general public.

The member said changes would have the result of making normal people interested in debates.

Allen said the competition should be open to both architects and architectural students.

Students, he said, could help build a chamber 'more conducive to genuine debate, rather than posturing and shouting from a sedentary position'.

However Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey, answering for the Commons Commission, the organisation that governs such ideas, said there were no plans to sponsor such a competition.

by Ed Dorrell

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