Chiltern Hundreds

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Chiltern Hundreds,

the obsolete (since the 19th cent.) administrative districts of Stoke, Burnham, and Desborough in Buckinghamshire, S central England. The stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds is an obsolete office with only a nominal salary. It is, however, legally an office of profit under the crown and, as such, may not be held by a member of Parliament. Since members of Parliament may not resign, "applying for the Chiltern Hundreds" or for the similarly obsolete stewardship of the Manor of Northstead is the method by which a member gives up his seat.
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The Chiltern Hundreds - Stoke, Desborough, and Burnham in Buckinghamshire - were so called because they could support 100 families.
Northern First Minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris is the bailiff of Chiltern Hundreds after she quit.
Iris Robinson is currently the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of the Chiltern Hundreds after she stepped down due to ill health last year.
Two such offices are used for this purpose - Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead.
The Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham cover much of Buckinghamshire and were administered for the Crown by a Steward as early as the 13th century.