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Poll: Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett tries but fails to block Commons cup of tea price rise
BEXLEYHEATH and Crayford David Evennett MP has failed in his attempt to block the rise in price of a Commons cuppa.
Controversy was brewing over a proposal to raise the cost of a cup of tea in the Palace of Westminster from 65p to 70p.
Conservative Mr Evennett tried to halt the 7.7 per cent hike in his capacity as a member of the House of Commons Administration Committee which deals with all aspects of Parliamentary administration.
But the measure was carried at a meeting of the committee last week, along with price rises for other subsidised food and drink which aim to save the taxpayer £25,000 a year – of which the more expensive tea will save £10,000.
Mr Evennett said: “We do need to raise more revenue to reduce the taxpayer subsidy of Parliament and I feel alcoholic drinks and other charges should rise.
“However, in April, the price of tea will rise by 5p to 70p after a 5p increase last September, and I was concerned for the considerable number of staff who work in Parliament and are not readily able to go elsewhere.
“I did not support the price rise for tea but I supported the other price rises for catering.”
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