From mice and moths: the fight of UK House against vermin

MPs Struggle With A Stubborn Problem That ' S The Structure Of British Political Life Has Affected And Has No End In View. For Once It's Not.

Mice In Being So Bold They Run Over The Tables In Broad Daylight, Visit The Many Sites And Cafes And Make Nests Of Old Paperwork. The Problem Persists For Years, Despite The Fact That Governments Spend More Than £ 500,000 To Control It.

Almost Everyone Has Seen Them Running Around And Having Discos, Said Thangam Debbonaire, A Labor MP. She Talks About Seeing A Rodent In A Cafe In The House Of Commons While Receiving A Guest Last Month.

While We Were Eating Our Cake, A Mouse Ran Over My Foot And Was Then Just Nibbling Crumbs. It Was Not Harassed, She Said. The Next Day I Took Another Guest To Another Cafe And Again There Was A Mouse In The Middle Of The Day. Debbonaire ' S Not Alone. Conservative Lawmakers Andrew Bowie And Both Said They Might Have Mice Run Over Their Feet While Visiting Parliament's Countless Dining Options

It Is Not Just Mice That Need To Be Checked: Moths Threaten To Destroy The Upholstery Of Antique Furniture And Historic Carpets Made By AW Pugin, A Designer From The 19th Century. A Contagion From Last Year, Known As Lord Vaux Of Harrowden, Led To Grieve In The House Of Lords:" I Worry That If I Sit Too Long In This House, I Get Up To Find Out That My Clothes Are Turned Over ".;

The House Of Commons Said In An E-mail Statement That The Proximity Of Parliament To Brands As" Particularly Vulnerable To Pests, Especially To Mice" Was A Problem That Has Been Exacerbated By Building Work In Recent Years.