MPs who have left the Chamber voluntarily, been asked to withdraw or who have been suspended.Jump to full report >>
This list notes Members who have left the Chamber voluntarily, been asked to withdraw (Table 1, since 1992), or who have been suspended (Table 2, since 1949). There are two main avenues which may lead to the suspension of an MP: The first is for misbehaviour in the chamber, the second is where a Member has been found to have broken the Code of Conduct for Members or committed a contempt of Parliament.
The Speaker is responsible for keeping order in the Chamber and in Committees and if MPs disregard the authority of the Chair, he can ask the Member to voluntarily leave the Chamber for the remainder of the day’s sitting. This request is not governed by Standing Orders and the MP can stay on the parliamentary estate and take part in Divisions. Should the Member refuse to comply with this request the Speaker can invoke Standing Order No. 43 (Disorderly conduct).
Where a Member is found to have broken the Code of Conduct or committed a contempt, the Committee on Standards may recommend a period of suspension, which leads to a motion in the House. More information is contained in the briefing on Disciplinary and Penal Powers of the House of Commons.
Commons Briefing papers SN02430
Author: Sarah Priddy