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Manchester tops poll to be Parliament's new temporary home during renovation works

Manchester Town HallLucy has welcomed the news that Manchester is the UK’s preferred city for Parliament to be based if it were to relocate during renovation.

The city has topped a poll, commissioned by St James’s House Media, which found that 55% of the 2,051 people surveyed selected Manchester in their top three favoured locations, with Birmingham (49%) in second place and Oxford (19%) and Cambridge (12%) ranked third and fourth respectively.

It was recently announced that vital repair works will need to be carried out on the Palace of Westminster, and the costs could be significantly reduced if Parliament relocates elsewhere while the work is ongoing. There has been speculation as to where MPs could meet during this period, and Lucy has supported a move to Manchester, widely recognised as the UK’s second city.

Lucy said:

Manchester would be a great place to host Parliament during the renovation. This city has the infrastructure and transport links needed, and with so many historical ties to political movements, from universal suffrage to workers’ rights, Manchester would be an ideal place for MPs to meet while the repair works are being carried out.

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