The Commons CAN EXPEL Dishonourable MPs

(Telegraph) – GARRY ALLIGHAN, a former journalist and once the Labour MP for Gravesend, was actually expelled from the House of Commons after an unusual vote in 1947. 

Normally, MPs can only be expelled when they are declared bankrupt or convicted of a serious crime; but Allighan’s case is arguably unique in modern times because he was not convicted of any offence in a separate court.

During the debate on his conduct, the Commons effectively took on the legal functions of a court, and found him guilty of breaching the law of parliamentary privilege by passing allegations about the behaviour of other MPs to newspapers.

Having found him guilty, MPs then voted to expel him.

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