Free vote for MPs on Palace of Westminster restoration

MPs will be given a free vote when the Commons decides on plans for restoration works at the Palace of Westminster, the prime minister has confirmed.

Theresa May was responding to a question from Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh, who said that MPs should not be spending "billions of pounds worth of expenditure on ourselves".

The project could cost up to £4bn and take five to eight years to complete - and could see MPs and peers moving out temporarily.