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Naming is a procedure in the British House of Commons whereby the Speaker or one of his deputies proposes a vote on the suspension of a member of the House whom he believes has broken the rules of conduct of the House.

The Speaker or Deputy Speaker declares "I name <name of member>" and then puts the question,

The question is that the honourable member be suspended from the services of the House, as many of that opinion say 'Aye'... to the contrary 'No'.

A division is not normally required since MPs will mostly back the speakers judgement. However, when John McDonnell was named by deputy speaker Alan Haselhurst on the 15th of January 2009 for manhandling the parliamentary mace a division was called because George Galloway and other members declared themselves with the Noes. A vote on the suspension was not held as the government refused to provide tellers.

List of namings

Date Chair Member Reason
3 February 1881 Sir Henry Brand John Dillon, Charles Stewart Parnell, James Lysaght Finegan, John Barry, Joseph Biggar, Garrett Byrne, William Corbet, John Daly, Mr. DAWSON, Thomas Patrick Gill, Edmund Dwyer Gray, Timothy Michael Healy, Richard Lalor, Edmund Leamy, James Leahy, Justin McCarthy, James Carlile McCoan, Edward Marum, Robert Henry Metge, Isaac Nelson, Arthur O'Connor, Thomas Power O'Connor, Daniel O'Donoghue, James Patrick Mahon, William Henry O'Sullivan, John O'Connor Power, John Redmond, Thomas Sexton, Alexander Martin Sullivan, Timothy Daniel Sullivan, Bernard Charles Molloy, James Joseph O'Kelly, Frank Hugh O'Donnell, Richard Power, Richard O'Shaughnessy This mass ejection was of Irish MPs who caused uproar in the House after hearing Michael Davitt had been arrested. Dillon was named for repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order. Parnell, Finegan, O'Kelly and O'Donnell were named for proposing William Gladstone no longer be heard during the debate. The rest were named for refusing to attend the divisions to object the members. No second teller appeared for the division for Callan so the "aye" voice vote was held. All refused to leave after being named and were ejected by the Serjeant-at-Arms, except Molloy who had already left the House.
24 February 1885 Arthur Peel William O'Brien [1]
28 Jul 1887 Arthur Peel Timothy Michael Healy [2]
19 July 1888 Arthur Peel Charles Conybeare For stating the Barrow Drainage Bills were a public scandal.[3][4]
4 May 1892 Arthur Peel Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham [5]
15 August 1895 William Gully Charles Kearns Deane Tanner [6]
5 Mar 1901 James Lowther / William Gully Eugene Crean, Patrick McHugh, Patrick White, John Cullinan, Patrick Doogan, Anthony Donelan, William Abraham, James Gilhooly, William Lundon, Thomas McGovern, Jeremiah Jordan Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms [7]
30 March 1908 Deputy Speaker John O'Connor Named but no division held as he left the House.[8]
16 October 1908 Alfred Emmott, 1st Baron Emmott / James Lowther Victor Grayson For repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order.[9]
1 July 1918 James Lowther Noel Pemberton Billing [10]
1 December 1925 James Hope William Murdoch Adamson For repeatedly trying to ask an overruled point of order.[11]
22 April 1937 Sir Dennis Herbert / Edward FitzRoy Aneurin Bevan For refusing to withdraw his comment to Sir Dennis Herbert that "your conduct has been abominable".[12]
18 July 1949 Francis Bowles / Douglas Clifton Brown Ellis Smith For repeatedly trying to ask on what basis speakers had been selected during the debate.[13]
26 May 1982 George Thomas Andrew Faulds For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[14]
2 May 1984 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell For accusing Margaret Thatcher of lying.[15]
17 July 1984 Bernard Weatherill Dennis Skinner For refusing to withdraw his comment that Margaret Thatcher would bribe judges.[16]
31 July 1984 Bernard Weatherill Martin Flannery For refusing to withdraw his words "one of [Margaret Thatcher's] tame Tory judges".[17]
11 November 1985 Bernard Weatherill Brian Sedgemore For refusing to withdraw his accusation of Geoffrey Howe "peverting the course of justice".[18]
12 November 1987 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[19]
25 January 1988 Bernard Weatherill Ken Livingstone For refusing to withdraw his accusation of Sir Patrick Mayhew being an "accomplice to murder".[20]
18 February 1988 Bernard Weatherill Harry Cohen For persistently requesting Christopher Chope give way after being refused.[21]
13 April 1988 Bernard Weatherill Dave Nellist For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[22]
25 July 1988 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[23]
14 Mar 1989 Bernard Weatherill Jim Sillars For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[24]
24 July 1989 Bernard Weatherill Tam Dalyell For refusing to withdraw his accusation that Margaret Thatcher had lied.[25]
23 July 1990 Bernard Weatherill Dick Douglas For persistently trying to ask an overruled point of order.[26]
8 December 2005 Michael Martin Dennis Skinner For refusing to withdraw his remark that "The only thing growing [in the 1970s and a lot of the 1980s] were the lines of coke in front of boy George and the rest of them", aimed at George Osbourne.[27][28]
20 April 2006 Sir Alan Haselhurst Dennis Skinner For refusing to withdraw his remark that Theresa May was being let off with having stated Gordon Brown had misled the House, because she is a Tory.[28][29][30]
15 January 2009 Sir Alan Haselhurst John McDonnell For manhandling the parliamentary mace.

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