Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1946 - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 27 March 2015 | Standard notes SN04731

Authors: Sarah Priddy

Topic: House of Commons, Members of Parliament

Under a Resolution of the House of 2 March 1623, Members of Parliament cannot directly resign their seats. Deaths, disqualification, elevation to Peerage, dissolution or expulsion are the only causes by which a Member’s seat can be vacated. Therefore, a Member wishing to resign has to be appointed to a paid office of the Crown, which automatically disqualifies the Member from holding a seat in the House of Commons.

There are currently two nominal offices of profit under the Crown: Crown Steward and Bailiff of the three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham; Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

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