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WATCH: Tory MP's fling EXPOSED on live on air'He was instantly talking dirty to me'

By Georgina Cutler

Published: 13/05/2024

MPs were previously only banned from Parliament by voluntary arrangements with their own party whips

Prince Harry sparks row after military role ‘snub’: ‘Why should they give him a role?!’

'I’m a face yoga experta one-minute exercise will keep facial jowls at bay by toning the jawline'

Tom Hanks steals the show in Aston Villa's Hollywood ending after spoiling Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool farewell

Prince Harry ‘has a problem’ as Duke tries to ‘hide anxiety’ during Nigeria tour

State pension payment date to change for millionswhen will you get paid?

Harry 'offered a royal residence' by King after Windsor Castle request rejected

Super supplement boosts working memory after a single dose

Drivers warned of harsh dash cam fines that could breach Highway Code

Universal Credit change affecting 180,000 people has come into effect today

Trending on GB News

Harry's hopes of reconciliation with King dashed: 'A liability to the monarchy's future!'

MPs who have been arrested for serious sexual or violent offences face being barred from Parliament after the Commons voted to reverse a move to weaken the measures by just one vote.

The House of Commons Commission initially proposed a risk assessment to decide whether an MP should be prevented from attending the parliamentary estate if they were arrested on suspicion of committing a violent or sexual offence.


Revised plans suggested the ban should be enforced at the point of charge.

However, MPs voted 170 to 169 in favour of a proposal from Liberal Democrat, Wendy Chamberlain to default the threshold to an arrest.



Previously MPs were only banned from Parliament by voluntary arrangements with their own party whips under such circumstances.

Labour’s Jess Phillips, who also pushed exclusion at the point of arrest, wrote on social media: "S**t! We won the vote by one."

Earlier today she told the Commons debate: "Today, just on this one day, I have spoken to two women who were raped by members of this Parliament; that’s a fairly standard day for me."

She added: "Exclusion at the point of charge sends a clear message to victims that not only will we not investigate unless a victim goes to the police but we won’t act unless they’re charged, which happens in less than one per cent of cases. ‘So what’s the point?’ was essentially what this victim said to me."

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Labour former minister Sir Chris Bryant said the move has been "long overdue".

He said: "Parliament should be no different from any other workplace.

"I’m delighted. This is long overdue."

The division list showed eight Conservative MPs voted in favour of the amendment, including former prime minister Theresa May.



Chamberlain, MP for North East Fife said: "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."

Tory former minister Sir Michael Ellis added that there were constitutional and legal implications to excluding MPs on arrest.

He said: "There is a key principle here, there’s a golden thread that runs through our system that a person must not suffer imposition before guilt has been proven. And it is offensive against the laws of natural justice, and in fact contrary to human rights to do so."

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