Peter Bone: Tory MP outside Big Ben for last bong asked if he also visited Grenfell Tower

'Now that is a nonsense'

Samuel Osborne
Monday 21 August 2017 16:52
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Peter Bone challenged over how much Big Ben actually matters

A Conservative MP who stood outside Big Ben to hear it bong for the last time in four years was challenged on whether he also visited Grenfell Tower after it was engulfed in flames.

Peter Bone said he was "amazed" to see hundreds of spectators gather outside the Palace of Westminster for the occasion.

However, Mr Bone was then challenged by a Sky News reporter on whether he showed the same deference in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Sky reporter Lewis Goodall asked: "Some people might say, 'we've just had Grenfell Tower' - now I assume you didn't go to Grenfell Tower?"

The MP for Wellingborough responded with his own question, asking if it would have been "appropriate" for him to visit the tower.

The reporter replied:"You're sending a signal about what you care about. You care about that bell. You didn't go to Grenfell Tower."

Appearing to get angry, Mr Bone said: "Do you not think I didn't care about Grenfell Tower? That's very naughty.

"As you well know, I was working in the Palace of Westminster today and came down expecting there to be a few people here. There were hundreds of people there and the idea that you cannot care about other things - all of them are important important things. Now that is a nonsense."

Mr Bone had previously called for Big Ben to chime on the day the UK leaves the European Union.

"Big Ben should bong when we come out of the EU, absolutely," he said.

"We are being liberated from the European Union superstate and Britain will again be a completely self-governing country.

"Where will the eyes of the world be? On Parliament and Big Ben. It would be very strange if at midnight on that day it does not chime out, very bizarre. It is the heart of our nation."

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