Imprisonment of a Member

Part of Summary of Day – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East 12:00 am, 11th January 1988

I have to inform the House that I have received a letter dated 6 January 1988 from the resident magistrate in the petty sessions district of Belfast in the following terms: Dear Mr. Speaker,Cecil Walker, Member of Parliament for Belfast, North, pleaded guilty before me at Belfast Petty Sessions on 26 October 1987, to taking part in a public procession, contrary to Article 3 of the Public Order (Northern Ireland) Order 1987. I fined him £50, to be paid within 28 days.As that fine has not been paid Mr. Walker was today committed to Prison for a period of 7 days, unless the said sum be sooner paid.Yours faithfully,Maurice D. McHugh, Resident Magistrate.