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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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The Earl of Strafford

Thomas Wentworth was first elected as an MP in 1614. He was appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland in 1633 and was elevated to the position of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in January 1640, at the same time being created first Earl of Strafford.

Copyright Palace of Westminster Collection.


Thomas Wentworth, first earl of Strafford (1593-1641)




Photographic print of an original painting by Van Dyck, from the Collection of the Duke of Portland

Catalogue number

WOA 3081