British lawmakers loosen their collars

Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake addressing the House of Commons in London on Wednesday, without wearing a tie, in this screengrab from a video. His bold move prompted British politics to take yet another surprise turn, when Parliament on Thursday scrap
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Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake addressing the House of Commons in London on Wednesday, without wearing a tie, in this screengrab from a video.

His bold move prompted British politics to take yet another surprise turn, when Parliament on Thursday scrapped a longstanding requirement for male lawmakers to wear ties, after another MP brought up the issue.

The move was greeted with both concern and celebration at Westminster.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2017, with the headline 'British lawmakers loosen their collars'. Print Edition | Subscribe