MPs break convention to swear allegiance to the people

15 June 2017

This week MPs have been required to swear allegiance to the Queen, but some chose to show that their allegiance is to the people.

If an MP refuses to take the oath or the affirmation to the Queen they will be unable to take part in parliamentary proceedings and will not be paid any salary and allowances until they’ve done so.

Since the election, over 6,000 people have signed Republic's petition calling on the UK parliament to establish a new oath of allegiance, so that MPs pledge their allegiance to the people, not to the Queen.


This week MPs broke convention to make it clear that their allegiance is to the people:


Labour MP for Leeds East, Richard Burgon, took the affirmation in order to represent his constituents:

"I, Richard Burgon, was elected by the people of Leeds East to represent the interests of the people of Leeds East, and therefore make the following affirmation in order to enable me to do that..."

In 2015 Richard began his oath by calling for an elected head of state:

"As someone that believes that the head of state should be elected I make this oath in order to serve my constituents..."

Richard later wrote in the Independent that "As an MP, I shouldn't have to swear allegiance to the Queen – I serve my constituents, not her."


Today Labour MP for North West Durham, Laura Pidcock, took the affirmation to in order represent the interests of her constituents:

"I, Laura Pidcock, was elected by the people of North West Durham to represent their interests, I therefore take this affirmation in order to do that…"


Labour MP for Bolsover, Dennis Skinner, made a heartfelt dedication to his constituents:

"Bearing in mind my constituents. and the part they play in my life… I do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm…"


Labour MP for Derby North, Chris Williamson, called for an elected head of state before taking the oath to serve his constituents:

"Like my father before me, I believe in an elected head of state, so I take this oath in order to serve my constituents…"


Labour MP for Newport West, Paul Flynn, took the oath under protest:

"As a republican by conviction, and under protest...I swear by almighty god that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her majesty…"

Paul then tweeted that the oath is 'illogical' and called for there to be an option for MPs to swear allegiance to their constituents:


As a republican, Labour MP for Manchester Withington Jeff Smith made his affirmation in order to serve his constituents:

"I will affirm please, which I am doing as a republican, in order to serve my constituents…"


This week Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, made her affirmation in order to serve her constituents:

"I make this affirmation in order to serve the people of Kensington…"


After taking the oath, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, tweeted that she would have preferred to pledge allegiance to 'The People':


And Alex Sobel, Labour and Cooperative MP for Leeds North West, tweeted after taking the oath that it should make reference to serving constituents:


It's also fantastic to have the support of Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, Roger Godsiff, who tweeted:


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