1912 Speaker rules motion can’t be rerun

The current Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has caused controversy by ruling that Theresa May cannot bring back her Brexit deal for a third vote  (Third Brexit vote must be different – Speaker)

It’s an old rule – one that dates back to 1604. But the most recent occasion it was used came in 1912.

It was a motion brought by MP George Lansbury on Women’s Suffrage – he was determined to get women the vote.

George Lansbury, (born Feb. 21, 1859, near Halesworth, Suffolk, Eng.—died May 7, 1940, London), leader of the British Labour Party (1931–35), a Socialist and poor-law reformer who was forced to resign the party leadership because of his extreme pacifism.

But in this instance his efforts were thwarted as reported in the Belfast News Letter below (and the Pall Mall Gazette at the bottom of this blog post).

Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 22 May 1912
Belfast News-Letter – Wednesday 22 May 1912

The Speaker at the time was James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater


He was Member of Parliament for Rutland in 1883; contested Mid Cumberland in 1885; and sat for Penrith from 1886–1921. He was appointed 4th Charity Commissioner in 1887, and held junior ministerial office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1891–1892. He was Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker from 1895–1905 and Speaker of the House of Commons from 1905–1921. (wikipedia)

His most famous quote…

“There are three golden rules for Parliamentary speakers: Stand up. Speak up. Shut up.”

— J. W. Lowther, 1917

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