The iconic London landmark has been ringing across the city for 157 years without fail
Labour’s Steve Pound said the chimes, to be stopped over health and safety fears, had been kept going during the nation’s darkest days.
MPs argued that Big Ben is important as the bells kept people’s spirits up during The Blitz
He added: “They kept the bells tolling through the Blitz. The Luftwaffe could not stop it but health and safety has. There has to be a way around. “Ex-minister and Tory MP Shailesh Vara added: “I would have thought some compromise could have been reached to ensure this iconic bell’s presence.”
The Great Bell has sounded on the hour for 157 years except during major refurbishments. It falls silent at noon Monday — except for special occasions — until the latest renovation of the Elizabeth Tower is completed in 2021.
The Elizabeth Tower is being shut down in order to protect renovation workers
Commons authorities said it had to be silenced to safeguard the hearing of workers.
They insisted ear defenders would not be enough, saying: “Constant proximity to the chimes would pose a serious risk to their hearing and prevent efficient working.”
London's Big Ben will fall silent for four years as 'major conservation works' are carried out on the tower