Naming (parliamentary procedure)

Naming is a procedure in the British House of Commons, Australian House of Representatives and the New Zealand Parliament, whereby the Speaker or one of their deputies proposes a vote on the suspension of a member of the House if the Speaker believes that they have broken the rules of conduct of the House. Usually this is only done if the member has already been ordered to leave the House (which automatically leads to suspension for the remainder of that day) and refused to do so, or has committed a serious breach of conduct, and carries a suspension of up to five days and the loss of the Member's salary during that period.

In the British House of Commons, the procedure to name Members is under Standing Order 44. Members can be suspended for the remainder of the day under Standing Order 43 (previously numbered as Standing Order 42).

The Speaker or Deputy Speaker declares "I name", followed by the name of the member, and then puts the question,

The question is that the honourable member be suspended from the services of the House, as many of that opinion say 'Aye'... to the contrary 'No'.

A division is not normally required since MPs will usually back the speaker's judgement. However, when John McDonnell was named by deputy speaker Alan Haselhurst on 15 January 2009 for manhandling the parliamentary mace a division was called because George Galloway and other members declared themselves with the Noes. A vote on the suspension was not held as the government refused to provide tellers.

List of namingsEdit

House of Commons (United Kingdom)Edit

Date Speaker Member Party Reason
3 February 1881 Sir Henry Brand John Dillon, Charles Stewart Parnell, James Lysaght Finegan, John Barry, Joseph Biggar, Garrett Byrne, William Corbet, John Daly, Mr. Dawson, Thomas Patrick Gill, Edmund Dwyer Gray, Timothy Michael Healy, Richard Lalor, Edmund Leamy, James Leahy, Justin McCarthy, James Carlile McCoan, Edward Marum, Robert Henry Metge, Isaac Nelson, Arthur O'Connor, Thomas Power O'Connor, Daniel O'Donoghue, James Patrick Mahon, William Henry O'Sullivan, John O'Connor Power, John Redmond, Thomas Sexton, Alexander Martin Sullivan, Timothy Daniel Sullivan, Bernard Charles Molloy, James Joseph O'Kelly, Frank Hugh O'Donnell, Richard Power, Richard O'Shaughnessy Home Rule A mass ejection of Irish MPs who caused uproar in the House after hearing Michael Davitt had been arrested. Dillon was named for repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order. Parnell, Finegan, O'Kelly and O'Donnell were named for proposing William Ewart Gladstone no longer be heard during the debate. The rest were named for refusing to attend the divisions to object the members. No second teller appeared for the division for Callan so the "aye" voice vote was held. All refused to leave after being named and were ejected by the Serjeant-at-Arms, except Molloy who had already left the House.[1]
24 February 1885 Arthur Peel William O'Brien Irish Parliamentary [2]
28 Jul 1887 Arthur Peel Timothy Michael Healy Irish Parliamentary [3]
19 July 1888 Arthur Peel Charles Conybeare Liberal For stating the Barrow Drainage Bills were a public scandal.[4][5]
4 May 1892 Arthur Peel Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham Liberal [6]
15 August 1895 William Gully Charles Kearns Deane Tanner Irish Parliamentary [7]
5 Mar 1901 James Lowther / William Gully Eugene Crean, Patrick McHugh, Patrick White, John Cullinan, Patrick Doogan, Anthony Donelan, William Abraham, James Gilhooly, William Lundon, Thomas McGovern, Jeremiah Jordan Irish Parliamentary Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms [8]
30 March 1908 Deputy Speaker John O'Connor Irish Parliamentary Named but no division held as he left the House.[9]
16 October 1908 Alfred Emmott / James Lowther Victor Grayson Ind. Labour Party For repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order.[10]
1 July 1918 James Lowther Noel Pemberton Billing Independent [11]
1 December 1925 James Hope William Murdoch Adamson Labour For repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order.[12]
22 April 1937 Sir Dennis Herbert / Edward FitzRoy Aneurin Bevan Labour For refusing to withdraw his comment to Sir Dennis Herbert that "your conduct has been abominable".[13]
18 July 1949 Francis Bowles / Douglas Clifton Brown Ellis Smith Labour For repeatedly trying to ask on what basis speakers had been selected during the debate.[14]
26 May 1982 George Thomas Andrew Faulds Labour For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[15]
2 May 1984 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell Labour For accusing Margaret Thatcher of lying.[16]
17 July 1984 Bernard Weatherill Dennis Skinner Labour For refusing to withdraw his comment that Margaret Thatcher would bribe judges.[17]
31 July 1984 Bernard Weatherill Martin Flannery Labour For refusing to withdraw his words "one of Margaret Thatcher's tame Tory judges".[18]
11 November 1985 Bernard Weatherill Brian Sedgemore Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation of Geoffrey Howe "peverting the course of justice".[19]
12 November 1987 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[20]
25 January 1988 Bernard Weatherill Ken Livingstone Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation of Patrick Mayhew being an "accomplice to murder".[21]
18 February 1988 Bernard Weatherill Harry Cohen Labour For persistently requesting Christopher Chope give way after being refused.[22]
15 March 1988 Harold Walker Alex Salmond SNP For interrupting Nigel Lawson's 1988 budget over income tax.[23]
13 April 1988 Bernard Weatherill Dave Nellist Labour For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[24]
25 July 1988 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[25]
14 Mar 1989 Bernard Weatherill Jim Sillars SNP For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[26]
24 July 1989 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[27]
23 July 1990 Bernard Weatherill Dick Douglas Labour For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[28]
29 November 1993 Betty Boothroyd The Rev. Ian Paisley DUP For refusing to withdraw the word "falsehood" during a debate with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Sir Patrick Mayhew. The Speaker had first tried to remove Paisley under Standing Order 42.[29]
8 December 2005 Michael Martin Dennis Skinner Labour For refusing to withdraw his remark that "The only thing growing [in the 1970s and a lot of the 1980s] were the lines of coke in front of boy George and the rest of them", aimed at George Osborne.[30][31]
20 April 2006 Sir Alan Haselhurst Dennis Skinner Labour For refusing to withdraw his remark that Theresa May was being let off with having stated Tony Blair had misled the House, because she is a Tory.[31][32][33]
23 July 2007 Michael Martin George Galloway Respect For questioning the integrity of MPs investigating whether he took money from Iraq, and challenging the authority of the speaker when told to back down on his accusations.[34]
15 January 2009 Sir Alan Haselhurst John McDonnell Labour For manhandling the parliamentary mace.[35]
18 September 2012 John Bercow Paul Flynn Labour For refusing to withdraw his accusation that ministers had lied during a statement from Philip Hammond regarding the suspension by NATO of joint operations with Afghan security forces.[36]
10 July 2013 John Bercow Nigel Dodds DUP For refusing to withdraw his remarks that the Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers was "deliberately deceptive" over her powers concerning a Parades Commission decision.[37]


House of Representatives (Australia)Edit

Date Speaker Member Party Reason
27 March 2014 Bronwyn Bishop Mark Dreyfus Australian Labor Party [38]


House of Representatives (New Zealand)Edit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Hansard, 3 February 1881
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Hansard, 19 July 1888
  5. ^ Conybeare withdrew his comment but it was not heard by the Speaker before he was named.
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1901/mar/05/civil-services-and-revenue-departments#S4V0090P0_19010305_HOC_375
  9. ^ [5]
  10. ^ [6]
  11. ^ [7]
  12. ^ Hansard, 1 December 1925
  13. ^ Hansard, 22 April 1937
  14. ^ Hansard, 18 July 1949
  15. ^ Hansard, 26 May 1982
  16. ^ Hansard, 2 May 1984
  17. ^ Hansard, 31 July 1984
  18. ^ Hansard, 31 July 1984
  19. ^ Hansard, 11 November 1985
  20. ^ Hansard, 12 November 1987
  21. ^ Hansard, 25 January 1988
  22. ^ Hansard, 18 February 1988
  23. ^ Hansard, 15 March 1988
  24. ^ Hansard, 13 April 1988
  25. ^ Hansard, 26 July 1988
  26. ^ Hansard, 14 Mar 1989
  27. ^ Hansard, 24 July 1989
  28. ^ Hansard, 23 July 1990
  29. ^ [8]
  30. ^ Hansard, 8 December 2005
  31. ^ a b On both occasions of Dennis Skinner having been named, he left before a division was put before the House. After the first occasion Mike Penning requested that the division go ahead, but Michael Martin deemed that Skinner's ejection from the House was sufficient punishment.
  32. ^ Hansard, 20 April 2006
  33. ^ House of Commons Deputy Speaker 'names' Dennis Skinner MP, YouTube
  34. ^ http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2007-07-23b.610.0&s=Standards+and+privileges+section%3Adebates#g638.0
  35. ^ http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2009-01-15e.355.0
  36. ^ http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2012-09-18a.785.0#g792.1
  37. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23260701
  38. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-27/shadow-attorney-general-mark-dreyfus-named/5349946


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