Today Mark Fletcher took the Oath of Allegiance in the chamber, as he was officially sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Bolsover.
The Oath of Allegiance can trace its roots all the way back to Magna Carta in 1215, and is something every new member must pledge before they are fully able to take their seat within the House of Commons. The Oath requires the taker to pledge allegiance to the reigning king or queen and their successors. Now Mark has taken this oath to her majesty is fully able to act as the representative for Bolsover at Westminster. The Oath now allows him to fully take part in all debates that take place in the House and vote on all important future bills and legislation.
Mark Fletcher was first elected to the seat of Bolsover in the 2019 General Election with a majority of 5,299. The Oath its current form was set out in the Promissory Oaths Act 1868. The constituency of Bolsover was first established in 1950, making Mark only the third person to take the oath representing Bolsover.
Commenting on the Oath, Mark went on to say; 'Once again, I'd like to thank all those who voted for me as their Parliamentary Representative, I am delighted to have taken this oath and cannot wait to hit the ground running representing every constituent of Bolsover".