Black Rod


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Black Rod

1. (in Britain) an officer of the House of Lords and of the Order of the Garter, whose main duty is summoning the Commons at the opening and proroguing of Parliament
2. a similar officer in any of certain other legislatures
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According to Baroness Billingham, who had invited Judy to attend, Black Rod felt that the photo "belittled" Parliament.
PO-FACED J Black Rod David Leakey kicked up a stink about Judy's loo photo
Black Rod is responsible for all ceremonial events at Parliament plus security.
but Black Rod, who is responsible for security in the Lords, failed to see the joke.
Sir Derek Spencer QC, prosecuting, said: 'He is the son of Sir Admiral Frank Twiss, a former Black Rod in the House of Lords.
Black Rod, in his picaresque costume, hammered on the doors of the House of Commons, summoning MPs to her presence.
Of course, if I'd been Her Maj I'd have stumped to the throne, ditched the speech, told Phileep to watch her back, before ordering Black Rod to lock the doors and keep them there until one had had one's say.
It was Ms Sumner who in March 2002 made telephone calls to the House of Lords official Black Rod, Sir Michael Willcocks, about the Prime Minister's role for the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
May I suggest Whorehouse of Commons, Black Rod and the Earlyday Motion or the much-loved A Member at the Dispatch Box.
Earlier, amid traditional pomp and ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, Black Rod summoned MPs to the Lords.
The forces of reaction are at work in our significantly foreign-owned media to divert attention from these vital and fundamental topics, by running ridiculous stories about what Jo Moore emailed to Martin Sixsmith or what Black Rod leaked to some right-wing newspaper.