The Null and Void Ordinance
was an Ordinance
passed by the Parliament of England
on 20 August 1647
. On the 26 July 1647
demonstrators had invaded Parliament forcing Independent MPs
and the Speaker
to flee from Westminster
. On 20 August
, Oliver Cromwell
went to Parliament with an armed escort, following which the Null and Void Ordinance was passed annulling all Parliamentary proceedings since the 26 July
. Most of the Presbyterian
MPs then retreated from Parliament leaving the Independents MPs with a majority.
- British Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate 1638-60
- 'August 1647: An Ordinance for declaring all Votes, Orders and Ordinances passed in one or both Houses since the Force on both Houses, July 26. until the sixth of this present August, 1647. be null and void.', Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660 (1911), pp. 998-99. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=56199&strquery=998. Date accessed: 04 May 2007.