Speaker warns against style police in the Commons


The flair police will not be patrolling the Commons debating chamber deciding who can ask absurds, Speaker John Bercow has said after defending the new right of mans MPs not to wear ties.

Last week, Mr Bercow upset some traditionalists when he disclosed that members should be dressed in “businesslike attire” but stressed that that didn’t own to include a tie.

The ruling came after a Conservative MP complained that Dispassionate Democrat Tom Brake had been allowed to speak in spite of not wearing a tie.

The reeks of the old guard unhappy at the change include the Transport Minister, John Hayes, who asseverated he wouldn’t take interventions from “sartorially challenged” MPs who weren’t wearing connections.

Raising a point of order on Thursday, Mr Brake told Mr Bercow there was a gamble of a “slippery slope” which might lead the minister to “refuse to exact interventions from members who were sartorially challenged in other technique, such as wearing a gaudy tie or a garish waistcoat”.

The Speaker said rulings on the array code for MPs were a matter “exclusively” for him.

And he said Mr Hayes’ application to be a “variety policeman” had been filed “in the appropriate place”.

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