Fig trees: Deal over £30,000 Portcullis House greenery?


The chairman of the European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups defended the cost of 12 fig trees in Westminster's Portcullis House that annoyed Speaker Bercow.

Kenneth Freeman spoke of the benefits of the trees and said there would be extra costs with interior plants.

Labour MP Angela Eagle, who is on the commission that will make the final decision on the trees, said there were negotiations on the contract and there would be "good news very soon" for the trees and the taxpayer.

John Bercow previously said he was "horrified" to learn of the £30,000 a year cost to rent the trees in the building used by MPs.


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