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Loosening the Commons’ dress code isn’t just good for MPs—it benefits the public

Members could seem more relatable now they're not forced into suits and ties. Perhaps it's time to undo other stuffy traditions, too?

By Tom Brake  

MPs will no longer need to wear ties in the chamber. Photo: Pixabay

Last week, my parliamentary colleague Peter Bone took exception to my conduct at PMQs. The Honourable Member for Wellingborough and I do not often see eye to eye, but on this occasion, the disagreement was not over a political issue, but a sartorial one. (Who says Brexit dominates the political agenda?)

Mr Bone took umbrage at my choice of tie, or rather lack thereof, when I tried to ask a question at Prime Minister’s Questions.

I can understand his concern. Now…

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