It seems our new Member of Parliament for Ilford North has taken on a new moonlighting role as a tour guide for the Houses of Parliament; and very good at it he is too. Yesterday, Thursday 29th October, he was host to three constituency groups, the KidsOwn holiday club, Redbridge Youth Council/MYPs and in the evening Barkingside 21. The two earlier groups didn’t get the full tour as Parliament and the Lords were sitting during the day, but we got the full treatment. Here we all are pictured in a location where photography is not permitted.
It is Wesley’s intention to invite as many Ilford North residents as possible to these tours and he will be looking for organisers from community, faith and other groups as well as schools and other bodies. You can contact his Mr Fix It here.
So, I’m not going to spoil it for you by telling all, but will give a brief glimpse of what we saw to whet your appetite. There were the mystery footprints, Henry VIII’s tennis balls, the vacant plinth reserved for a bust of Wes Streeting when he becomes Prime Minister, the deliberate odd floor tile and in the cupboard where Emily Wilding Davison hid on the night of the 1911 census there were three large back-up power battery packs but I didn’t see the solar panels from which they were being charged …
The other interesting factoid is that all the clocks, including the 4 clock faces on the Elizabeth Tower, incorrectly but commonly known as Big Ben, do not use the X symbol in the roman numerals for IX, X, XI and XII. I can’t tell you what symbol is used because it doesn’t seem to be included in Microsoft’s Character Map. And I’m not telling why this is – you will have to do the tour to find out.