MP’s are set to be governed by the ‘no-alcohol’ condition of Sharia Law as Parliament undergoes much needed repairs. They will be rehoused 91 meters down the road at Richmond House but will be under a strict alcohol ban.
The building was given to wealthy middle eastern businessmen as part of an Islamic bond scheme known as Sukuk. George Osbourne carried out the transfer in 2014 to make the UK a hub for Islamic finance.
The deal with the Middle Eastern businessmen and banks stipulates that it be run by Sharia Law meaning a complete alcohol ban even for MP’s.
A Whitehall official told The Times: “It’s true. If MPs want to use Richmond House they’d better give up any hopes it will include a bar.”
The current parliament building has 8 bars at a cost of £4m to the taxpayer each year. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said he could not believe parts of Whitehall are being governed by Sharia law.
He said: “I do find it unbelievable government buildings are governed by Sharia law. I don’t see the bars as being an essential part of Parliament but it’s the principle that matters. Most of our constituents will be absolutely amazed that the principle could ever have been authorised.”
The treasury agreed to make the building a Sharia Law zone with a permanent alcohol ban to help entice Middle Eastern investors into the project.
The renovation of Westminster will come at a cost of £4billion to stop the collapse due to asbestos, rodents and leaking ceilings.
What do you think of Richmond House enforcing an alcohol ban onto MP’s during renovations? Is it best that MP’s don’t have access to alcohol or should our government buildings be ruled by UK law?