Outgoing MP McGuinness gets title

Published Wednesday, 02 January 2013
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Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has been appointed Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead by the Treasury after his resignation as Mid-Ulster MP.

Outgoing MP McGuinness gets title
Martin McGuinness is appointed Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead (© UTV)

The English aristocratic title is one of two posts which allow MPs to leave the Commons.

Protocol dictates that by accepting an office of profit under the Crown, outgoing MPs are disqualified from membership of the Commons.

The job has no actual responsibilities and is unpaid.

The resignation, which comes as part of Sinn Féin's commitment to phase out double-jobbing, will result in a by-election later this year.

Mr McGuinness, who has never taken his seat in Westminster, was first elected as MP for Mid-Ulster in 1997. He formally announced his resignation on Sunday.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this day appointed James Martin Pacelli McGuinness to be Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

HM Treasury

He is the second Sinn Féin member to be appointed Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead in recent years.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was given the title after his resignation as MP for West Belfast two years ago.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Sinn Féin said: "Martin McGuinness resigned the same way as Gerry Adams in 2011.

"As Irish republicans we gave no time for antiquated and ridiculous titles of the British parliamentary system then and this remains the situation.

"What we need to see now is the writ being moved for a by-election to allow the people of Mid-Ulster to have their say."

Francie Molloy has been selected by Sinn Féin to contest the by-election.

TUV leader Jim Allister has called on the DUP and UUP to declare "a willingness to secure a unity candidate" to run for the seat.

© UTV News
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24 Comments
william in coleraine wrote (467 days ago):
marty and the likes never turn down the british taxpayers money, they would do anything for it
Tommy in Limavady wrote (467 days ago):
If he didn't want a British title why did he not just let the time as Member of the British Parliament lapse and he wouldn't be lumbered with all these joking jibes. Maybe he wanted the title just like ole Gerry before him. But then 50,000 of the Queens pounds is hard to turn down, eh.
Tommy in Limavady wrote (468 days ago):
I always thought Martin would make a good British gentleman with a nice title. Remember everyone if you meet him pay your respect and call him by his title, after all he has rightly earned it. Keep a tight eye on the next few Queens honour awards lists, you just never know.
Lyle Bensen in Ulster wrote (468 days ago):
Ulster has six counties and all of them are British!
Barry in Broughshane UK wrote (468 days ago):
Well done Marty, lol Sinn Fein say 'as Irish republicans we give no time bla bla bla.........' As Irish republicans you Said you would never support the police, as Irish republicans you said you would never meet or shake hands with the Queen, as Irish republicans you said you would never administer British rule in Northern Ireland, I could go on and on, lets face it your more British then the rest of us here in Northern Ireland with your titles and your jobs
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