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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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House of Commons Journal

On 4 January 1642, King Charles I entered the House of Commons to arrest five Members of Parliament for high treason.  The MPs were Mr Holles, Mr Pym, Sir A Haslerig, Mr Hampden and Mr William Strode. The clerk writing in the Journal recorded the event and the King's opening words until ordered by the King to stop.

This Journal entry reads:

King Charles sits in the Speaker's Chair and Speaks to the Commons:

His Majesty came unto the house and took Mr. Speakers Chair.

Gentlemen I am sorry to have this occasion to come unto you.


House of Commons Journal


4 January 1642

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HC/CL/JO/1/22