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Speaker in United Kingdom


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The Speaker in the History

The Speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons. The Spekaer must remain politically impartial at all times. The Speaker keeps order during debates and calls MPs to speak. The Speaker also represents the Commons to the Monarch, the Lords and other authorities and chairs the House of Commons’ Commission. The current Speaker is Rt Hon John Bercow, MP for Buckingham. The Speaker of the house leading up to 1992 was Bernard Weatherill. After the 1992 election, Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.

Speaker Meaning in Politics

Description of Speaker published by Mona Chalabi: The speaker is the only MP who ceases to be involved in party politics. He or she is chosen by a secret ballot, after which he or she sits in the House of Commons to chair debates — a role that largely consists of shouting “Order! Order!” when the parties scream at each other too much. Political impartiality is obviously key here, and yet something fascinating could happen this year. With Conservatives and Labour neck and neck in the polling, if the two parties were to win the same number of seats, the current speaker might resign and reclaim his allegiance to the Conservatives to tip the balance. It’s always been a slightly unpopular role — between 1394 and 1535, seven speakers were beheaded.

The Speaker Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

The Speaker is an Member of Parliament who has been elected by other Members of the Parliament to act as Chair during debates in the House of Commons. They are responsible for ensuring that the rules are observed and order is maintained in the Chamber. When a Speaker is elected they cease to be involved in party politics and become politically impartial.


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  • Lord Speaker

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Speaker’s rulings Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

A Speaker’s ruling is a judgement made by the Commons Speaker about the way the rules of the House should be applied or interpreted. A ruling may be required, for instance, when a new set of circumstances arises for which there are no clear precedents to follow. Speaker’s rulings are seen as authoritative and are recorded in Erskine May.


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  • Speaker (The)


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  • Erskine May

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Catching the Speaker’s eye Meaning, as used in the UK Parliament

Catching the Speaker’s eye describes the way in which Members of the Parliament let the Speaker know that they want to speak during a debate or question time in the House of Commons. Members of the Parliament may speak only if they are called to do so by the Speaker. Members of the Parliament attract the attention of the Speaker by standing up briefly every time the next Member of Parliament is about to be called.


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  • The Speaker

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