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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 Petition of Right

During the reign of Charles I, there was accelerating political tension concerning the power of Parliament and the 'rights and liberties of the subject'. In 1628 the House of Commons drafted this petition proclaiming, among other things, the illegality of taxation without parliamentary consent and of arbitrary imprisonment. Although Charles accepted this curtailment of the royal prerogative and the petition became an Act, he refused to admit that these were new rights. This episode marked an important step on the road to the king's experiment in ruling without Parliament, known as the period of 'personal rule'.


The Petition of Right



Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1627/3C1n2