“Until a new Parliament is elected, MPs do not exist.”

In the comments zone of Mick’s post on the offence of impersonating a Member of Parliament after the 12th April dissolution of Parliament Mark’s noted Michelle Gildernew’s 13th April statement. Interestingly, whilst later on the same day the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister had already abandoned the pretence of being an MP there’s a 16th April statement from the NI deputy First Minister, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, repeating the offence.Background via a parliamentary news release [12th April]

What does dissolution mean for MPs?

When Parliament is dissolved every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. MPs lose all the privileges associated with being a Member of Parliament.

They are allowed access to Parliament for just a few days to remove papers and equipment from their offices. But all MPs’ services and facilities are closed at 5pm on the day of dissolution.

Until a new Parliament is elected, MPs do not exist. Those who want to be re-elected must stand again as candidates.

  • Ulick

    Does anybody care?

  • articles

    Sir Reg eMPey (in waiting).

  • Michaelhenry

    is gordon brown still prime minister of england scotland and wales, or has this title gone to.

  • pol

    Get a life…

  • Brian Walker

    I would blame the expensive and not overworked ranks of Executive PR people who lay out the statements. Do they know no MPs exist?

  • Pretending to be an MP!? Did he really want stationary so badly?

  • [quote][i]Until a new Parliament is elected, MPs do not exist. Those who want to be re-elected must stand again as candidates.[/i][/quote]

    Why are Sinn Fein standing for Westminster election whenever they choose not go to Parliament and debates because they do not agree with the requirement of some sort of mickey mouse oath to the Crown. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the free money and easy expenses, would it?

    At least the Robinsons screw developers and not the ignorant public for their feather nest, which would be considered by many to be less distasteful given that the benefit is a private matter from those best able to afford it, and in many cases even insisting upon the largesse for services rendered.

  • Ooops, sorry … that post above [0646] should read, to be fair to Sinn Fein ……[quote][i]screw developers and not only the ignorant public for their feather nest, ..[/i][/quote]

  • In understand MPs become very attached the ‘right honourable’ – and all its associated ‘benefits’…they just dont wanna let go.

  • Richard


    Gordon Brown is not and has never been the Prime Minister of England, Scotland or Wales. But yes, he is still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom if that’s what you were trying to say in your ‘head in the sand’ way. 😉

  • fin

    poorly researched arguement Pete (once again) as the rules state its also an offence to update any website which contains ‘MP’ in the URL and all other websites must carry a clear disclaimer that the person is not currently an MP, therefore you have just fingered Peter Robinson and David Cameron as having commted an offence,

    All websites
    2.10 All Members’ websites must bear a clear disclaimer throughout
    the dissolution period which makes it clear that the website was
    established while you were a Member of Parliament and that
    you are, until re-elected, no longer a Member of Parliament. The
    disclaimer should read:
    “This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament.
    As Parliament has been dissolved there are no Members of
    Parliament until after the election on XX XXX 2010”.

    Domain names and email addresses referring to you as
    an MP
    2.12 No one can use the title MP during dissolution and you should
    not use a website or an email address during dissolution if it
    suggests you are currently an MP. Any website that contains a
    URL referring to you as an MP (e.g. johnpeekmp.co.uk) should be
    frozen. This means the website may remain online, but that no new
    content should be added except the disclaimer, contact details and/
    or a link to an alternative web site.

  • slappymcgroundout

    I have but the one question, if parliament is dissolved and thereby necessitates an election, what in the hell do you all do if some event requiring parliamentary action occurs in the interim? In the US, sure Congress can and does adjourn sine die, but there’s always a special session at the request of the Speaker of the House, the majority leader of the Senate, and/or the President.

  • Some of the webmasters have a little work to do!!