Thursday 30 May 2024

Parliament Dissolved

HM The King has issued the Proclamation required to dissolve Parliament. 

In law, the King acts under the Royal Prerogative but, by convention , he is advised by the government which, in this case, has formally acted through the Privy Council.

Following the 4 July general election, the new Parliament will meet on 9 July 2024.

Privy Council 30 May 2024 - Proclamation

The Proclamation reads:


CHARLES R. Whereas We have thought fit, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, to dissolve this present Parliament, which stands prorogued to Friday, the thirty-first day of May: We do, for that End, publish this Our Royal Proclamation, and do hereby dissolve the said Parliament accordingly: And the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Members of the House of Commons, are discharged from further Attendance thereat: And We being desirous and resolved, as soon as may be, to meet Our People, and to have their Advice in Parliament, do hereby make known to all Our loving Subjects Our Royal Will and Pleasure to call a new Parliament: and do hereby further declare, that, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, We have given Order that Our Chancellor of Great Britain and Our Secretary of State for Northern Ireland do respectively, upon Notice thereof, forthwith, issue out Writs, in due Form and according to Law, for calling a new Parliament: And We do hereby also, by this Our Royal Proclamation under Our Great Seal of Our Realm, require Writs forthwith to be issued accordingly by Our said Chancellor and Secretary of State respectively, for causing the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons who are to serve in the said Parliament to be duly returned to, and give their Attendance in, Our said Parliament on Tuesday, the ninth day of July next, which Writs are to be returnable in due course of Law. 

When Parliament is dissolved, every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. All business in the House comes to an end. MPs stop representing their constituencies. There will be no MPs until after the general election. Those who wish to be MPs again must stand again as candidates for election. A considerable number have chosen NOT to do so - Full list of MPs standing down at the General Election | ITV News.

Parliament and Government are two separate institutions. The Government does not resign when Parliament is dissolved. Government ministers remain in charge of their departments. The role of minister is independent of the role of MP. Ministers keep their ministerial titles after dissolution, but MPs can no longer use MP in their name. The Cabinet Manual sets out the main laws, rules and conventions affecting the conduct and operation of government.

Dissolution of Parliament - UK Parliament

The King and the dissolution of Parliament for a general election

Start of a new Parliament - UK Parliament

The issue and receipt of the writ | Electoral Commission

Dissolution of parliament | Institute for Government

Earlier post - Law and Lawyers: Parliament Prorogued to 31 May. (

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