Queen should move out of Buckingham Palace, says MP

By Alix Culbertson, political reporter
Kensington's Labour MP Emma Dent Coad, who is a republican, has said Buckingham Palace should be handed over to the public.
The politician continued her campaign against the Royal Family by suggesting that if the taxpayer is funding the refurbishment of the Queen's central London palace "there are other places they could live".
Her comment comes after she claimed last year that Prince Harry is not a qualified helicopter pilot, despite serving as a co-pilot and gunner for an Apache helicopter during his 2012 Afghanistan deployment with the Army.The prince and his wife, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, live in Ms Dent Coad's constituency at Kensington Palace.The MP on Thursday said she did not think the public should be paying "a third of a billion a year for people who have immense wealth already".She said she suspected the refurbishment cost of Buckingham Palace, which is not in her constituency, would be more than that and she objected to just three members of the Royal Family living there.
Queen should move out of Buckingham Palace, says MP

Emma Dent Coad said Buckingham Palace should be handed over to the public
"They've got 150, 200 bedrooms or something, and then we don't have access to the whole building," she told The House magazine."If the public purse is to pay a third of a billion to restore this incredible, beautifully endowed palace, we should have access to it. It's as simple as that.
"There are other places they could live. I think it will then belong to us if we pay for it."She added that she did not think the monarchy was sustainable in the long-term as "most people" find it "unconscionable" as to why the public is "funding a family who have immense wealth".A 10-year refurbishment of Buckingham Palace, costing the taxpayer €369m started last April, with ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers to be replaced for the first time in 60 years amid fears of fire and water damage.
Queen should move out of Buckingham Palace, says MP

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live in Kensington Palace in Ms Dent Coad's constituency
The Queen spends a third of the year hosting events at Buckingham Palace, welcoming more than 50,000 guests, many of them members of the public, to state banquets, receptions and garden parties.Buckingham Palace's state rooms are open to the public during the summer and selected dates in the year.
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Ms Dent Coad also spoke about Grenfell, defending the fire crews for telling her constituents to "stay put" because the advice "is correct for a building that is being maintained properly".Addressing the investigation into London Fire Brigade using those orders she said: "A building that has had holes drilled through all kinds of places, the windows don't fit and it's wrapped up in solid petrol, that's not appropriate, but you can't blame the fire brigade for that."
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