MPs told to dress appropriately in ‘business attire’

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“Members are expected to wear business attire in and around the Chamber,” the news rules stated, as quoted by HT…reports Asian Lite News.

The Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle has directed the members of the House to dress appropriately in “business attire.”

Hoyle has updated the “Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons” and has asked MPs to “demonstrate respect for your constituents”, the Hindustan Times reported.

This update addresses the casual and more relaxed clothing style that had set in during the coronavirus-induced lockdown after rules were eased to allow the MPs attend sessions virtually.

“Members are expected to wear business attire in and around the Chamber,” the news rules stated, as quoted by HT.

Members are also not allowed to wear “jeans, chinos, sportswear or any other casual trousers”, as per the rules.

“T-shirts and sleeveless tops are not business attire. Smart/business shoes are expected to be worn. Casual shoes and trainers are not appropriate,” it said, adding that men are “encouraged to wear a tie” and jackets “must be worn.”

The updated norms further stated that it is “privilege” to serve as an MP and the “dress, language and conduct should reflect this.”

The Speaker also warned against on rowdiness in the House of Commons. According to the new rules, MPs cannot sing and chant – which are both banned in the chamber. The parliamentarians cannot clap as well as the rules state that it “eats into the time available for debate.”

It also urged the MPs to pay attention during a debate and not read books or newspapers or “obviously devote…to…phone or other electronic device”, it was reported.

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