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Water leak forces MPs to be sent home

A WATER leak in the Commons forced MPs to be sent home early yesterday after proceedings were halted.

A heavy stream of water began pouring through the ceiling into the press gallery at 2.40pm while MPs were airing their concerns about Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) loan charge.

Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle suspended the sitting.

The Commons press office tweeted: “We are aware of a water leak on the estate and are taking urgent action to resolve it.

“The leak was urgently dealt with and has now been isolated … We would like to clarify this was not a sewage leak.”

Before the discussion was cut short, Tory MP Ross Thomson said people had killed themselves because of HMRC “unfairly” pursuing them for large sums of money.

The new loan charge allows HMRC to chase outstanding tax bills for employment arrangements that were legal and fully declared at the time.

Labour MP Mohammad Yasin said HMRC had reported itself to the police over possible links between the loan charge and the death of a man.

Mr Thomson said he would be making a fresh application to resume the debate.



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