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Fr Admin 5 March 2012 14:04
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MPs attempt to award themselves a Gong for Service.

After years of service to Parliament, Britains former MPs decided to award themselves a gong - but they were shocked when Commons authorities denied their chosen design.

Their triple-plated 18-carat gold piece, displayed in a silk-lined green leather box was denied because they didnt get permission to use parliamentary emblems in the design.


The Association of Former Members of Parliament (AFMP), whose members include past prime minsters Sir John Major, Tony Blair as well as figure such as Edwina Currie and Lord Prescott were left stunned by the decision of the Commons authorities to ban their medal.


Any member of the public can enter the Commons or Lords gift shops, buy a gold brooch with the crowned portcullis and wear this on their lapel whenever they choose. Yet our members cannot wear the same showing their service to the House, protested AFMP chairman Sir Graham Bright, a former Tory MP in Luton to the newspaper.


Last year the AFMP, which has 400 members, decided to produce the medal as a new way of honouring service to the previous brass plaques and certificates that have been presented.
But the AFMP later had to inform members that the proposed design had been pulled up after the Commons authorities deemed it inappropriate for the crowned portcullis motif to be used.


A House of Commons spokesman said the crowned portcullis was a royal badge and its use was had to be formally authorised and licensed by the Queen.

He told the Independent on Sunday : It should authenticate a communication from a Member of Parliament or Department of the House. It must not be used where there is a risk that its use may be wrongly represented as having the authority of the House.

The Association of Former Members of Parliament has 400 members including past prime minsters Sir John Major and Tony Blair.

Richard Tracey, an environment minister under Margaret Thatcher, said:

I share the frustration of colleagues who see plenty of parliamentary souvenirs on sale with the crown included, yet we as former MPs with many years service are being blocked by someone in the Speakers Office from having it on our proposed lapel badge.
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Rod Curtis 8 March 2012 14:17
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MPs are pretty good at giving the rest of us regulations to control every aspect of our lives. I dont see why they cant abide by some rules themselves. All they have to do is communicate with the Queen and I am sure permission would be granted. What is so difficult about that?
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Old Sweat (Puddle Jumper) 8 March 2012 16:15
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Quoting: Rod Curtis MPs are pretty good at giving the rest of us regulations to control every aspect of our lives. I don't see why they can't abide by some rules themselves.  All they have to do is communicate with the Queen and I am sure permission would be granted. What is so difficult about that? Rod,it took the Malaya Veterans five years with legal fights with the HDC to allow us to wear the Pingat Jasa Medal. This Medal was granted to we Malaya and Borneo Veterans for our service to Malayas freedom from Communism. The Politicians could grant them selves anything they liked with impunity until the Honors and Dress Committee had its fingers burnt.
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Sigs 8 March 2012 16:39
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MPs attempt to award themselves a gong

Hi gordon . Were you in malaya with the cheshires if so did you know Derreck Mills he said he supported the 48th fld reg RA in about 56/7 Regards George Woolley .
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Kev B 9 March 2012 01:05
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Well lets hope cool heads in British Government & MOD sees that National Defence Medal is well overdue! for all the British Armed Forces and ex-servicemen ,civilian volunteers in IRA insurgency war on mainland Britain and abroad which resulted in deaths and injuries due to Bombing & sniper incidents. Makes the British System shameful regarding medal system compared to other Commonwealth Nations.
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John (Scouse) Hirons 9 March 2012 01:18
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If the MPs want to give themselves a gong so be it as long as they pay for it themselves & they wear it on the right breast. I suggest that the reverse of the gong should show a couple making love (see I can be posh) to denote what they have done to the country.
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Pamela Forbes 9 March 2012 01:36
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Once again it shows where their priorities lie when they can spend time fighting for a medal for themselves while denying medals to real heroes who deserve them. Rather than a Medal of Honour this could become known as the Medal of Dishonour and could have bars for Thievery, Mendacity, Avarice and Treason among other things!
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