Chiltern Hundreds


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Chiltern Hundreds

the short form of name for an officer under the Crown, ‘Steward or Bailiff of Her Majesty's three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham’. A Member of Parliament is not allowed to resign (albeit only because of a resolution of the House itself from 1623), but if a Member wants to give up a seat then the Member can apply to accept this office, which has virtually no duties. As it is an office under the Crown, acceptance of the office disqualifies the Member under the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975. The same applies to the other office which is available for the same purpose, the Manor of Northstead. The two offices are granted alternately.
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The Chiltern Hundreds - Stoke, Desborough, and Burnham in Buckinghamshire - were so called because they could support 100 families.
In 1751, the stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds was first used as a means of leaving the House.
By the end of the 1750s, accepting a stewardship had become the usual way of leaving the House of Commons, and the Chiltern Hundreds quickly became the stewardship used for this purpose.
For what reason would an MP apply for the Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds? 7.
ANSWERS: 1 HMS Ark Royal; 2 New York State; 3 Glass paperweights; 4 Trades unions; 5 Tony Curtis; 6 He was granted stewardship of The Chiltern Hundreds; 7 Silage; 8 Greyhound racing; 9 The Grampians; 10 No, No, Nanette.
Northern First Minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris is the bailiff of Chiltern Hundreds after she quit.
Two such offices are used for this purpose - Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead.
The Sinn Fein President resigned from his West Belfast MP seat but under an archaic law he can only give it up if he becomes "Bailiff Of The Chiltern Hundreds".
Mr Brown's final act as Chancellor was also to appoint his predecessor Tony Blair to the "office of stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds" - meaning the ex-premier will stand down as MP for Sedgefield.
If Tony Blair were to resign his seat as MP for Sedgefield, he could not simply announce he was quitting, but would have to go through the process of "taking the Chiltern Hundreds" or "taking the Manor of Northstead".