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Parliament backs Lib Dem amendment to exclude MPs arrested for serious offences

by Ian Shires on 15 May, 2024

BBC Parliament - House of Commons, Maiden Speeches - Wendy Chamberlain

MPs have voted by 170 votes to 169 to back an amendment tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain that ensures MPs accused of serious offences are excluded from the Parliamentary estate at the point of arrest, rather than only when charged.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Wendy Chamberlain said:

This is an important step towards making Parliament a safe and modern place to work.

It is not about the guilt or innocence of any individual MP, but about safeguarding.

It’s really important that Parliament is just as safe as any other workplace and that everyone is held to account by similar rules

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