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Death of a Member

When an MP or peer dies, the Speaker or Lord Speaker makes a formal announcement to the House at the start of business on the first sitting day afterwards.

The death of any MP during a session of Parliament will mean a by-election in that member's constituency.

Occasionally when a member dies, that day's sitting of the House is suspended as a mark of respect.

This happened after the death of the Labour Party Leader, John Smith, in May 1994.

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