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Should MPs wear a tie in the House of Commons? Suffolk silk weaver thinks so

PUBLISHED: 21:40 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 21:44 04 July 2017

David Tooth of Vanners in Sudbury, pictured here with Euro MP Richard Howitt, has criticised the removal of requirements for male MPs to wear a tie. Picture: GREGG BROWN

David Tooth of Vanners in Sudbury, pictured here with Euro MP Richard Howitt, has criticised the removal of requirements for male MPs to wear a tie. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk silk weaver has joined the backlash prompted by relaxing of rules requiring male MPs to wear a tie in the House of Commons.

House of Commons John Bercow has come under fire for relaxing the rules on male MPs wearing a tie. Picture: PA WIREHouse of Commons John Bercow has come under fire for relaxing the rules on male MPs wearing a tie. Picture: PA WIRE

David Tooth, of Vanners in Sudbury, has spoken out against the decision taken by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who last week allowed MPs to make speeches without the neckwear.

“I am not sure that the House of Commons is a major influencer of fashion, but I regret the decision,” Mr Tooth told the Sunday Times.

“Images of open-necked MPs don’t give a good international image.”

Mr Tooth is not alone in his condemnation.

John Hayes, a transport minister, told the House of Commons he would not accept interventions during speeches by male MPs if they were not wearing a tie.

“I will not be taking interventions from any Member who is not wearing a tie, on whichever side of the House that Member may sit,” he said “However, I believe in generosity as well as in courtesy, and I will provide a tie, which I have here, for anyone who is sartorially challenged or inadequate.

“Of course, I exclude lady Members from that; I would hardly expect them to dress in my tie, their own or anyone else’s.”

Vanners has been operating in Suffolk since the 18th Century.

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