The Chiltern Hundreds

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Under a Resolution of the House of 2 March 1624, Members of Parliament cannot directly resign their seat.

Death, disqualification and expulsion are the only means by which a Member's seat may be vacated during the lifetime of a Parliament. There are two such offices that are used for disqualification: Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead.

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