George Galloway: We should change the Parliamentary oath - that way Sinn Fein could attend

George Galloway: 'We should be forced, as MPs, to pledge allegiance to the British people who elected us'

Our host discussed Sinn Fein, whose MPs don't enter the chamber because of the required oath to the Queen

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

George Galloway has said the oath of allegiance made in the House of Commons should be to the people, not the Queen.

The comments were made during a call with Norma, who discussed Sinn Fein with our host. 

MPs from the party do not enter the House of Commons, for it requires swearing an oath of allegiance to the monarch, her heirs and successors.

George said: "Obviously an Irish Republican party can’t do that. We should ditch this oath of allegiance, because it’s absurd.

"I have to affirm it, I don’t swear it, because I can’t swear on a holy book that I owe allegiance to Her Majesty and her heirs.

"But if I didn’t utter that falsehood, I couldn’t go into the chamber and do the job I was elected to do.

"We should be forced, as MPs, to pledge allegiance to the British people who elected us.

"If that happened, Sinn Fein could come and take their seats. Their votes could come in handy one day, you never know.

"[At the moment] they can't speak in the House and vote in the House. That's for entirely understandable reasons and I support them on that."

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