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Why Can’t MPs Resign From the House of Commons?

On September 30, HM Treasury announced that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had appointed ex-Tory MP Mark Reckless to the office of ‘Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.’ A few days earlier, Reckless announced that he was defecting to the … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Anglican Cardinals

When most people hear the word ‘cardinal,’ they think of the bird, the baseball team, or the guys with the funky red hats who elect the Pope. But there’s another type of cardinal—Anglican cardinals. So why does the Church of … Continue reading

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The Melancholy Case of Archbishop Abbot

On July 24, 1621, the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbot, killed a gamekeeper named Peter Hawkins while hunting in Bramshill Park. That unfortunate accident was the first scene in a protracted legal drama that would become a cause célèbre in … Continue reading

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