Chiltern Hundreds

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Chiltern Hundreds

n. (used with a sing. verb) Chiefly British
A merely formal office applied for by members of Parliament when they wish to resign from the House of Commons.

[Short for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds tracts of crown lands in south-central England including the Chiltern Hills.]

Chiltern Hundreds

pl n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) short for Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds; a nominal office that an MP applies for in order to resign his seat
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On becoming Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, Mr Blair replaces former Labour MP Terry Davis, who stood down from his Birmingham Hodge Hill seat in 2004 to become Secretary General of the Council of Europe.