Members enter lobby after order given to lock the doors

20.76When complaint was made that certain unnamed Members had interfered with the doorkeeper on duty at the door of the Aye lobby, the Assistant Serjeant at Arms reported that one or two Members had got through the door after the direction ‘lock the doors' had been given; the Speaker thereupon ruled that the question must again be put.1 But when a similar complaint was made regarding a particular Member, the division was not vitiated, the Member's vote being disallowed.2


  1. 1. HC Deb (1951–52) 498, cc 2808–10, 2813–16. In a later case, the Member concerned had entered the lobby by going past the tellers after the doors had been locked; ibid (2001–02) 380, c 773. On another occasion, similar action was taken by the Deputy Speaker, ibid (1952–53) 514, c 852.
  2. 2. HC Deb (1948–49) 458, cc 499–500.