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ACROSS THE POND, AS THEY LIKE TO SAY, THE UNITED KINGDOM IS FACING A GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE. IT’S NOT WITH ESCAPED FISH OR SOLAR PANELS THOUGH… IT’S LEAKY ROOFS AND TANGLED PHONE LINES. THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, WHERE ALL THEIR LEGISLATIVE ACTION HAPPENS, SEEMS TO BE TUMBLING DOWN.

THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER IS THE MEETING SPOT FOR THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO DISCUSS LAWS. TOGETHER THOSE TWO HOUSES ARE CALLED THE PARLIAMENT.

BASICALLY WESTMINSTER IS THE UK’S VERSION OF THE US CAPITOL BUILDING WHERE OUR CONGRESS MEETS TO DISCUSS LAWS. BUT REMEMBER; THE UNITED KINGDOM’S GOVERNMENT IS A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY – THE PRIME MINISTER HEADS UP THEIR GOVERNMENT WITH A FIGUREHEAD KING OR QUEEN. WHEREAS WE HAVE A DEMOCRACY.

REPORTER MAX FOSTER HAS THE LATEST FOR US.

[UK PARLIAMENT BUILDING NEEDS BILLIONS IN REPAIRS - No Script]

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