MPs condemn award of Big Ben contract to firm that blacklisted workers

Chuka Umunna among politicans opposing multimillion-pound deal for construction giant Sir Robert McAlpine

MPs have opposed the award of a multimillion-pound contract to refurbish Big Ben to a huge construction firm which was at the heart of an unlawful conspiracy to blacklist thousands of workers.

Sir Robert McAlpine is in line to win the £29m deal to restore the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the clock. The company was given a £3m contract last year to carry out initial work.

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