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MPs who have withdrawn from the Commons Chamber or who have been suspended

Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MPs who have left the Chamber voluntarily, been asked to withdraw or who have been suspended.

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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).

  • 43. The Speaker, or the chair, shall order any Member or Members whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House during the remainder of that day’s sitting; and the Serjeant at Arms shall act on such orders as he may receive from the chair in pursuance of this order. But if on any occasion the Speaker, or the chair, deems that his powers under the previous provisions of this order are inadequate, he may name such Member or Members, in which event the same procedure shall be followed as is prescribed by Standing Order No. 44 (Order in debate).
  • 44.—(1) Whenever a Member shall have been named by the Speaker, or by the chair, immediately after the commission of the offence of disregarding the authority of the chair, or of persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the House by abusing the rules of the House or otherwise, then if the offence has been committed by such Member in the House, the Speaker shall forthwith put the question, on a motion being made, ‘That such Member be suspended from the service of the House.’

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

Topics: House of Commons, Members of Parliament, Parliamentary procedure

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