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Millionaire businessman Arron Banks and the Leave Means Leave group have donated £50,000 to a campaign to make Big Ben ring when the UK leaves the EU. An online appeal has raised more than £200,000, with the cost of making the famous bell work in time for the one-off event estimated to be £500,000. Big Ben is being renovated, but the PM this week suggested a fund be set up to make it chime at 23:00 on 31 January. But the MPs' group running Parliament doubts this is feasible. The House of Commons Commission estimates that getting the bell to ring during renovation works on the Palace of Westminster's Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, would cost between £350,000 and £500,000. It says t... Full story

17 January