The non-offical resignation of Gerry Adams MP looked to heading for a constituitional and parliamentary crisis. However, Parliamentary Staff have reviewed the rule book 'Erskine May' and have discovered prescedents to allow a member to resign their seat without having to apply for the unpaid position of Stewardship of the Manor of Northstead; Adams can avoid working directly for the Crown if he spends one night in the spooky house at the end of Millbank Drive.
The iron gated neo-gothic style property, believed to have been deserted for decades despite being named by several Peers as a second residence, has passed into Westminster folklore over the years as a place of evil. Scatterings of old footballs and frisbees lost during Commons afternoon playtime attest to the belief held by all parliamentarians that going through the creaky old gates and into the dark creepy garden will see you forver lost to the undead inhabitants of the old dark house.
Gerry Adams MP has expressed his intentions and professional grit. "I'll show you all that I ain't scared of no stupid house. It will be easy and it's probably not even haunted but even if it is then I'm not bothered", explained the Member for Belfast West, "My uncle went to America and bought them guns and traps they used in that Ghostbusters film and he gave them to me for Christmas so the ghosts will probably be scared of me."
Speaker John Bercow has said that Adams would have the full support of the House if he could go through with the scary sleepover. "He's well brave and it'd be dead impressive to do. A whole load of us our going to bike over to Millbank Drive and make sure that Gerry goes through with it cus if it was me I'd probably ckicken out at the last minute."
Dan Rogerson, MP for North Cornwall, thinks it may be the last anyone sees of the Sinn Féin president. "Menzies Campbell went doing knockdown ginger there after a massive double dare and the demon who lives inside the house ate him, and he hasn't been seen since, everyone knows that. Even if you so much as touch anything inside the railings you get your's life sucked out of you and you turn all white and dusty and that's where Danny Alexander says the Lords come from."