Robert Halfon and Paul Flynn
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Parliament for hire: weddings, meetings, afternoon teas

House of Commons authorities have started renting out historic rooms in Parliament allowing weddings, business meetings and afternoon teas alongside the River Thames.

Tory MP Robert Halfon claimed there was a "danger of making Parliament a theme park" but Labour MP Paul Flynn said the historic site was like the Mary Celeste at times and prices should be set where "everyone can have a go".

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said he was confused as to why a Conservative MP was against the money-making scheme, while a Labour MP was championing free enterprise.

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