Tie’s Up!

Ti(m)es are a-changing in Westminster as the establishment’s speaker ruled that MPs no longer need to wear ties when in the House of Commons chamber. It is an end to one of the strictly-held conventions of the British parliament and it has received a mixed response from politicians and the public alike.

Speaker of the House John Bercow, who is known for his rigidity on the dress code of MPs, responded to a question from MP Peter Bone about whether it is a requirement for one to wear a tie in the chamber. Bercow, who was recently re-elected for the third time as the Speaker by MPs, making him the only Speaker in this situation since the Second World War, said that the wearing of the tie is merely a convention, not a rule.

And, in case you were wondering, the press office of the House of Commons said Bercow is well within his rights to rule in this way.

So, without further ado, let’s have a look and see what Twitter thought:

Peter got burned to the Bone…



Bercow is congratulated on creating a ’21st century’ parliament. We’re convinced it’ll take more than burning a tie, though.



Jen totally slayed the Tory MP here. As well as all of the MPs too. Oh. 



Thanks for that, Chris. (NOT!)



And last but certainly not least, our favourite response: