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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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Financial assistance for Opposition parties

A scheme for providing financial assistance to the Opposition and second largest opposition party in the House of Lords to assist them in carrying out their parliamentary business was introduced in October 1996. Known as 'Cranborne Money', the scheme was extended to cover the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers in October 1999

The rates payable for the 2023/24 financial year are as follows:

  • £824,934 for Labour from 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024
  • £411,882 for the Liberal Democrats from 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024
  • £125,282 for the office of the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from 1 April 2023 – 31 March 2024.

Under the scheme, the parties and Convenor are responsible for ensuring that the expenses claimed are incurred exclusively in relation to their parliamentary business. At the end of each financial year they provide a certificate from an independent professional auditor to confirm this.