Sergeant at arms

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SERGEANT AT ARMS, An officer appointed by a legislative body, whose duties are to enforce the orders given by such bodies, generally under the warrant of its presiding officer.

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I have been told that the police did not explain, as they are required to do, that the Serjeant-at-Arms was not obliged to consent or that a warrant could have been insisted upon.
In a letter, Sir Michael, 64, said: "It has been a great privilege to serve you and the House as Serjeant-at-Arms in recent years.
It will take over Westminster security duties from the police and the Serjeant-at-Arms department, which is staffed largely by elderly retired soldiers who are known as the men in tights.
A report from MI5 is expected to call for the Serjeant-at-arms - the leader of the 'men in tights' - to be stripped of his security role.
Ageing security staff from the Serjeant-at-Arms department struggled to drag the men away.
The doorkeepers, who are in the charge of Serjeant-at-Arms Sir Michael Cummins, grabbed some of them.
I have apologised to the Serjeant-at-Arms and to Baroness Anelay and assured them that this will never happen again.
These include senior members walking backwards, the serjeant-at-arms slamming the door in Black Rod's face, and the Yeoman of the Guard hunting for traitors in the cellars.
THE Serjeant-at-Arms and his department are responsible for security inside Parliament.
He promised it would be "very special" and one observer tells me: "There were eight dancers of both sexes in black hot-pants and white fluffy vests gyrating suggestively between the fig trees at Portcullis House, while the deputy Serjeant-at-Arms looked on in his full costume of shiny buckles, tights and tails.
The House of Commons Serjeant-at-Arms, Peter Jennings, withdrew permission for the event, billed for this coming Thursday.
Clipboard-carrying staff from the Serjeant-at-Arms department have quietly been inspecting the damage to the EUR2.