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Richard Burgon MP calls for the abolition of the monarchy as he takes oath of allegiance to the Queen in Parliament

Published 20/05/2015

Richard Burgon : I make this oath in order to serve my constituents
Richard Burgon : I make this oath in order to serve my constituents

Richard Burgon said his oath of allegiance to the Queen in the Commons to ensure he took his seat in the new Parliament - but not before adding a personal caveat.

Every member of Parliament is expected to be sworn in before the official State Opening next week by Queen Elizabeth.

However, the MP for East Leeds, Mr Burgon, will not be looking forward to Her Majesty's annual visit to the Commons, and he made that very clear when he was "forced" to swear his allegiance to the British monarch.

The oath that MPs must recite is as follows: "I (name of Member) swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God."

MPs have the option of swearing or affirming their allegiance to the Queen.

There have been a number of mishaps along the way during the new session.

Hannah Bardell, the SNP MP for Livingstone, made an error on first attempt and had to take the oath again.

Another Labour MP, Clive Lewis, was deemed not smart enough by Lyn Brown, the MP for West Ham, and she helped him to adjust his shirt and jacket.

"Your collar either needs to be in or out", she told Lewis.

Lewis replied: "Oh, thank you so much, my mum would have had a go at me for that."

Source: Independent

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