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Naming

"Naming" a member is a way of disciplining MPs who refuse to obey the rules of procedure in the House of Commons.

If a member refuses to withdraw offensive language, for example, the Speaker asks them to leave the chamber for the rest of that day's sitting.

If the MP refuses to leave the Speaker declares: "I name Mr/Mrs..., for disregarding the authority of the Chair."

The Leader of the House then puts forward a motion requesting that the MP be suspended which is voted on by their fellow MPs.

If the Commons approves the motion the offending member is suspended, normally for five working days.

While serving a suspension a member is not allowed into any part of the Palace of Westminster.




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