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Bell within the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London, England

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Big Ben: Bell within the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London, England
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower; it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom.

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Surveys discover asbestos in Elizabeth Tower belfry and extensive use of toxic lead paint
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Big Ben: Cost of repairing Elizabeth Tower rises by £18.6m

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No Big Ben bongs: UK government plans light show to mark moment of Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street residence will be lit up with a countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union on Jan. 31, as part of a light display to mark the moment of Brexit,..
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Boris Johnson announces Brexit day celebrations to distract from failure to make Big Ben bong

Downing Street clock counting down to 11pm on 31 January unlikely to calm Brexiteer anger
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Independent - Published

Boris Johnson backs away from Big Ben Brexit bong bonanza: 'There are potential difficulties'

Boris Johnson appears to have backed away from expensive plans to make Big Ben bong to mark the moment Brexit happens, with Number 10 citing "potential difficulties".
Independent - Published

Brexit news – live: Long-Bailey enjoys major poll boost in Labour leadership race, as Farage 'suffers Big Ben bong firework ban'

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Independent - Published

Brexit celebrations approved to mark UK's last moments in the EU

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has won his bid to hold a party on Brexit night in front of parliament with speeches, music and possibly the chimes of the Big Ben bell on the day when Britain is due..
Reuters - Published

Crowdfunding pages for Big Ben to ring on Brexit Day raise just £500 of £500,000 needed

Tory MP predicts money will be raised within 48 hours, despite people having pledged only tiny fraction of amount needed
Independent - Published

Bell-ringers and bishops bash Big Ben bong for Brexit

Body representing bell ringers 'as a principle, does not endorse bell ringing for political reasons'
Independent - Published

Boris Johnson news – live: Tory MPs urge churches to ring bells for Brexit after PM's Big Ben bongs plea, as Momentum faces backlash over 'ludicrous' Labour leadership ballot

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Independent - Published

UK's PM proposes crowdfunding to allow Big Ben to bong for Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday proposed a crowdfunding campaign to allow Big Ben bell in parliament’s famous clock tower to ring out when Britain is due to leave the European Union.
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson says government could crowdfund £500,000 so Big Ben can bong for Brexit

'We are working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong,' prime minister says
Independent - Published

Tory plan for Big Ben to bong in Brexit day celebration scuppered

Amendment to withdrawal bill not picked - in blow to scores of hard Brexit-backing Conservative MPs
Independent - Published

Britain's silenced Big Ben must bong for Brexit, lawmakers demand

After years of wrangling over Britain's exit from the European Union, lawmakers will on Tuesday tackle the finer detail: should Big Ben chime to mark the exact moment of Brexit?
Reuters - Published

Brexit news – live: Labour seeking two-year extension with EU to avoid no-deal, as Tory MPs demand Big Ben chimes to mark exit

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Big Ben will ring to mark New Year for first time since restored blue clock face revealed

Landmark clock tower still faces two more years of repairs and redecorations
Independent - Published

Brexit: Big Ben can ring out to mark Britain's exit from EU, says Speaker Lindsay Hoyle

Brexiteers express delight as John Bercow's successor says he won't 'stand in the way' of commemorative bongs on 31 January
Independent - Published

Extinction Rebellion protester 'dressed as Boris Johnson' climbs Big Ben scaffolding

An Extinction Rebellion protester who appeared to be dressed as Boris Johnson has climbed the Big Ben scaffolding near the Palace of Westminster in London.
Independent - Published

Big Ben's tower to be visible once more as scaffolding removed

'The first section coming down is a key moment in the project,' principal architect says
Independent - Published

Big Ben: London's iconic landmark turns 160 years old

London's iconic bell began striking the hour on 11 July 1859.
BBC News - Published