Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead

The Steward and Bailiffs of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead were positions traditionally paid for by the Crown. In modern times they are merely formal titles and are applied for when an MP needs to disqualify themselves from the Commons.

An elected MP has no right to resign: unless they die or are expelled they must therefore become disqualified if they wish to retire before the end of a Parliament. Taking on a paid office of the Crown immediately bars a person from being an MP.

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